“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” David Quaimen  (via katoakenshield)

(Source: prettybooks, via robinlafevers)


serenaede asked: How stable of a career would you say being an author is?





Try balancing a soft-boiled egg on its tip. Don’t use sand or salt, don’t crack the eggshell. Just balance it, and then take your finger away.

That stable.


lol crying



The most valuable chart…


The most valuable chart…

(via ilovecharts)

“We teach females that in relationships, compromise is what women do. We raise girls to see each other as competitors, not for jobs or for accomplishments— which I think can be a good thing— but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are. If we have sons, we don’t mind knowing about our sons’ girlfriends, but our daughters boyfriends? ‘God forbid!’ But of course when the time is right, we expect those girls to bring back the perfect man to be their husband. We police girls, we praise girls for virginity, but we don’t praise boys for virginity. And it’s always made me wonder how exactly this is supposed to work out because [laughs] the loss of virginity is usually a process that involves [laughs]….
We teach girls shame. ‘Close your legs!’ ‘Cover yourself!’ We make them feel as though by being born female, they are already guilty of something. And so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who silence themselves. They grow up to be women who cannot say what they truly think. And they grow up—and this is the worst thing we do to girls—they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  (via writersbloqinc)

(Source: owning-my-truth, via writersbloqinc)




Now THIS is a bold lingerie ad.

When the star model for Forever Yours Lingerie was diagnosed with cancer, the brand decided to stick with her. Tom Megginson approves:

"So, while American Eagle is getting virtual hugs and high fives for its commitment to not photoshopping its typical-looking models,  elsewhere there are brands and models who are willing to show us what it really takes to do something about the fashion industry’s body image problem.”

Read more at The Ethical Adman.

The only thing I’m not sure I like about this is the green hair. I think blue or lilac would have looked better. 


Restaurant table top.

Restaurant table top.



Ann Patchett on Bel Canto, her late editor Robert Jones, and what writers really want. Watch the full video.

This speaks for itself while she speaks for many.


"Find a veteran and listen to his story. A lot of us just need somebody to talk to."


In this gut-wrenching talk, Sergeant Andrew Chambers shares the haunting story of his time in Iraq and the tough transition home that landed him in jail. It’s a powerful testimony to the struggle our soldiers face when they come home, and the tragic ways that they can be denied the help they need. 

For any veterans who need help, you can find a list of resources here. Among them, the Wounded Warrior Project does outstanding work with wounded vets. 

For anyone looking to support a veteran, we encourage you to heed Chambers’s advice: "Find a veteran and listen to his story. A lot of us just need somebody to talk to." 

Watch the full talk here.

(via ruckawriter)

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