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If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness. By David Foster Wallace, This is Water (via man-of-prose)

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The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing.

The person in whom its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise.

Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames.

And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling. By David Foster Wallace (via cutlerish)

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20 books I must read in this lifetime? (:

likearegularbookworm:

I’ve thought long and hard and here’s what I’ve come up with — in no particular order:

  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. Gone With the Wind
  3. The Diary of Anne Frank
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  5. Anne of Green Gables
  6. The Princess Bride
  7. The Book Thief
  8. Crime and Punishment
  9. Perfect Chemistry
  10. The Giver
  11. Ender’s Game
  12. The Phantom Tollbooth
  13. Game of Thrones
  14. The Hot Zone
  15. Silent to the Bone
  16. The Art of Racing in the Rain
  17. The Time Keeper
  18. Sarah’s Key
  19. The Probable Future
  20. The Help

And last but not least, these are worth mentioning: The Last Lecture, Between Shades of Gray, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn