Save the books.

“My mother worked long hours in her studio every day, and after that she read for two or three hours, one book after another, novels, philosophy, art, and science. She kept journals and notebooks. She bought herself one of those big, heavy punching bags and hired a woman named Wanda to give her some boxing lessons. Sometimes I felt limp just looking at her.”

—   Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World

“Dealing with bureaucracies required no more than the patience of an animal and the simplicity of a saint. He could fake both, for a while.”

—   Richard Powers, Orfeo

“Yet chance was just an order that you hadn’t yet perceived.”

—   Richard Powers, Orfeo

“There were thousands of millions of ways to be a coward, I decided, billions and trillions of googols of ways, and no less than half of the ways were ways to save face or ways to act so you could save face later.”

—   Adam Levin, The Instructions

“I feel like a millionaire on the back of an armored jet-ski my samurai girlfriend who loves me is charging at a cartel speedboat to win a game of chicken. Isn’t this the day’s best part? You don’t even have to remember to enjoy it. It enjoys you into itself.”

—   Adam Levin, The Instructions

“Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere, but this feeling was what Aunt Alexandra called being ‘spoiled.’”

—   Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

—   Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Haven’t read this since middle school. Necessary.

“'I've never once thought about how I was going to die,' she said. 'I can’t think about it. I don’t even know how I’m going to live.’”

—   Haruki Murakami, “Landscape with Flatiron,” After the Quake
Commuter reads. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami. Started this morning.