--Sady Doyle, Rivers Cuomo Messes You Up ForeverBecause he got inside your head, Rivers Cuomo. He fucked you up. You still give dudes a closer look if they wear cool glasses.
--EddieOne particular book, I said, broke me out of a phase where I couldn’t finish a novel.
My friend is precious and hopeful and took it to mean that I finished writing a novel. Actually the phase was one in which I couldn’t finish reading a novel, because reading is hard to do for sustained periods, because I would rather Tweet reviews of frozen pizza.
But she is excited to read this novel that I’ve written, and I am excited to be thought of as someone who wrote a novel, so I’ll wait a while before responding.
--Nichloas Dawidoff, The National Agenda“High Violet” is the National’s latest album for their time. It’s the world according to a man who isn’t getting any younger, mostly wants to be a good father and husband and employee and friend — and might be happy, but for all that resistance he thinks he keeps tamped in his own head. He used to be the Great White Hope, the hero of his own box-size living room. Now he’s got a kid on his shoulder, lives on coffee and cut flowers while thinking about clearing out of the Silver City and going back to Ohio where life is simpler — until you get there and remember why you left.
--J. Robert Lennon, The Impossible ManIt took an hour to get to the supermarket, or rather it should have taken half an hour, but he made sure it took an hour. During that time he smoked three cigarettes, recalled four sexual experiences, and told himself to try to remember to call his mom on Mother’s Day.
--Alain de Botton, A World Without Planes...If one of our key motives for travelling is to try to put the past behind us, then we often need something very large and time-consuming, like the experience of a month long journey across an ocean or a hike over a mountain range, to establish a sufficient sense of distance.
--Elaine Louie, Arundathi Jayailleke and Michael GelfandHer mother, Elizabeth Jayatilleke, a retired biochemist, said, “Traditionally, in Sri Lanka, girls do not date.”
In middle school I found the Vows section of the New York Times to be really charming and romantic, now it just drives me crazy.
Everything is so good.