iphigenia: (lost; sawyer (hearts reading))
( Jun. 23rd, 2010 02:12 am)
juliet de marcus: I like how you used a Sawyer quote on women about books. Brilliant! :)
iphigenia: (skins; cassie (reading))
( Jun. 10th, 2010 09:01 pm)

Book: Lancelot  by Walker Percy
Reminds me of: Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, the movie "Closer," other things I can't place.
um a terrible ton of quotage here )
(also, there are like a million great quotes in his other book which I read first, The Moviegoer, and which kind of had no plot and was less good, but parts of it were incredibly worded and so true, but my fingers are all typed out for tonight and I still have more clothes to sort through. Like why do I have clothes from when I was in 8th grade? SRSLY?)

Thought of the incomprehensible sequence of changes and chances that make up a life, all the beauties and horrors and absurdities whose conjunctions create the uninterpretable and yet divinely significant pattern of human destiny.


"Floating at the same time on that other surface between here and far away, between then and now," And between remembered happiness, she was thinking, and this insistent, excruciating presence of an absence. "Floating,' she said aloud, "on the surface between the real and the imagined, between what comes to us from the outside, and what comes to use from within, from deep, deep down in here." She laid her hand on his forehead.


The physique of a Messiah. But too clever to believe in God or be convinced of his own mission. And too sensitive, even if he were convinced, to carry it out. His muscles would like to act and his feelings would like to believe; but his nerve endings and his cleverness won't allow it.

                                                                                                                                          - Aldous Huxley, Island

Currently reading for Ontd_Lost_Reads .  Can you believe I've never read any Huxley before?? Kind of in love.  Also, finished Walker Percy's Lancelot (sick and twisted and brilliant and skdfjdkljf!!) and am stuck in the middle of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling for my personal LOST reading project, where I just choose books based on what seem interesting.  And I have to read a CS Lewis book I haven't started yet but looks like a one-nighter for my LOST book club that meets in real life.  So, seriously, I'm moving through the list pretty quickly. Despite having 200 pages of reading due for journalism by Monday, but I'm totally keeping up with that.  Whatever.  Books are my life.  If I ever get married, I'm registering at Barnes and Noble.  For serious.  I think I shall attempt Watership Down next for the mere reason that I'm dreading it, based on the fact that I tried to read it when I was eight, because I saw it among my parents' books and there was a fucking bunny on the cover and I was like "Oh wow! This is going to be an awesome story all about bunnies!" and then I read a good chunk of it and was WTF, this is the most boring bunny adventure story EVER. I think all the social commentary pretty  much went over my tiny head and I went back to reading, like, the Bunnicula books/  Vampire bunny, who can go wrong? I still have The Celery Stalks At Midnight in my room somewhere.  And like...Sleepover Friends or whatever the fuck else I read back then. Oh, that sounds porny!

Also, I think I want to be a copy editor.  So far, that's been my favorite thing about my journalism class - those exercises where you go through sentences and correct grammar and move the words around to make sentences that are more clear and double check the math on statistics related such.  I was copy editor for my high school yearbook, although that was somewhat different.  And I know it's funny because on lj I just kind of ramble and think grammar doesn't really apply to me, and am often fairly incoherent. But i can write well when I care??
iphigenia: (lost; juliet (isolated))
( Jun. 1st, 2010 01:48 am)

"He knows it is beautiful to be born as the particular with the universal as his home, his friendly abode, which receives him straightaway with open arms when he wishes to stay there.  But he also knows that higher up there winds a lonely path, narrow and steep; he knows it is terrible to be born in solitude outside the universal, to walk without meeting a single traveller.  He knows very well where he is, and how he is related to men.  Humanly speaking, he is insane and cannot make himself understood to anyone."  - Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling

"But what no one has the right to do is let others suppose that faith is something inferior or that it is an easy matter, when in fact it is the greatest and most difficult of all." - Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling

this is soooo much fun!! :)

update on that walker percy book with the main characters, jack and kate aka The Moviegoer. the main character, jack, is Southern and says "son of a bitch" like 49589458 times...

must get back to reading.

i had vegan oatmeal today with salt and pepper. it was delightful.

(note: contains finale spoilies)

And also, I started a book by that writer Damon (wait was it Carlton?) was going on about, and the main characters in it are named Jack and Kate. And Jack seems to be on some kind of quest for meaning or purpose. And Kate has many issues. But they're related.
from The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares.


having to type up all your freaking highlit passages before being able to give away a book is kind of an issue :/

fucking OCD.

anyway i really love this book even if it's soapy or beach reading or whatever the frak.
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Girl Walking Backwards, Wasted, Love Is The Drug, Suicide Blonde ...I read all of these over and over and always find new things to relate to, as my life experiences increase. Or life changes me. Or whatever.
"You see, everything we see around us we assume is reality. But Jade, there is no fixed reality. All you have in your hand is a bunch of atoms. It's no more solid than the air. If you could look inside your body with a big enough microscope you'd just see atoms, atoms swimming around in a vast space, an inner universe - ninety-nine percent of the human body is empty space. Everyone and everything in the world is made up of the same energies flowing between us all. For instance, our thoughts and feelings - the things we think aren't 'real' because we can't touch them - they're as real as that drink in your hand. Can you see the radio waves that bring you the sounds of radio?"


"Maybe your system is picking up thoughts and energies that are swirling around you, maybe you're just tuned in to what is invisible to the rest of us. That doesn't mean, though, that it isn't real, that it doesn't exist."


"But I can see the future," I say.

"On the subatomic level, Jade, there is no linear time. Everything happens simultaneously. We humans make linear time. So you aren't seeing the future. You're seeing the moment, the moment we all live in, where past, present, and future all live together. Eternity, for lack of another word. And Jade, I know you love science and math. Well, guess what? All these ideas I've just described to you are theories developed by quantum physicists."


"Maybe the physical world is just an illusion," I say, trying out Dr. Manuel's theory.

"Maybe," she says, "but it's all we've got."

~~ The Freak by Carol Matas.

(I've had this exact same conversation on multiple occasions and I always say exactly that...)

and thank you lit quotes community!
iphigenia: (Default)
( Jan. 8th, 2010 04:24 pm)
Me: Mommy, I want a Quinn.
Mom: (pause) a dirty cop ?
Me: But he was a good boyfriend!
Mom: (incredulous look)

I think someone's ready for me to go back to girls already.


Also, my life is so ridiculous sometimes it's just funny.

And Laurel and I talked for 11 and a half hours online yesterday - that is all new levels of insanity! And possibly us having too much free time but shut it. Best Cylon Sister everz! :)

Douglas Copeland's Shampoo Planet is my least favorite book by him even though now I know where that Panic at the Disco title comes from. ("I Write Sins, Not Tragedies"). And understand some reference on SoN about Fighting Crime being code for sex. Although it seems more like you'd have to lie about fighting crime like if you were in an underground organization or a Hero or um something and then you could use it the other way like "Uhhhh I have to go....have sex now!!" "Yeah we both have to have sex..." "But he's your Uncle/Brother!" *gasp* Oops.

I got my signed pic from F. Kranz. He made my name look pretty with a fancy "J" and adorable pic!

I love seeing my name in certain people's handwriting. And hearing certain people say my name. Because I am a hopeless fangirl that way and it's kind of surreal, I mean the people saying my name part for sure...
iphigenia: (angel; harmony (control urges))
( Dec. 23rd, 2009 02:30 pm)
12. whatever tickles my fancy.

13. a fictional book. - as marcia pointed out, this should probably be a fiction book. which is a shame because i can come up with many fun titles for fictional books. right now i'm thinking of one about zombie unicorns. wtf? anyway, yes....a fictional book. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood. It was my first favorite book when I was fourteen. I turned part of it into a monologue for drama class. And I read it many times and made my friends read it. It is part of who I am and probably a big influence on my writing.

14. A nonfictional book. Here we go again. Wasted by Marya Hornbacher I have read over and over and over again. It's brilliant. I kind of want to make the world read it, but then every time I suggest someone read it, it seems to trigger their eating issues so then I don't want anyone to read it. It didn't actually have that effect on me, despite the fact that reading Skin Game by Caroline Kettlewell (sp?) made me start cutting again like a bitch. Anyway I wanted to really connect with and love Hornbacher's bipolar memoir in the same way but it didn't happen. Another memoir you don't hear much about but ..... okay two actually.... Passing For Normal by Amy Wilensky which is about Tourettes (not the kind you're thinking of probably) and OCD....which if you feel freakish at all about anything is just the book to read!!! changed my outlook in a lot of ways. Also, Just Checking by Emily Colas about OCD I feel I could have written! And of course Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel I'll love forever. It was there when I needed it. Twice.

"We read to know we're not alone..." - C.S. Lewis

15. A fanfic. This one was written for meeeee :) Thank you, [personal profile] aphrodite_mine!! Degrassi OTP )
iphigenia: (antm; michelle (empty))


( Dec. 12th, 2009 07:47 am)
"I wanted to kill the me underneath. That fact haunted my days and nights. When you realize you hate yourself so much, when you realize that you cannot stand who you are, and this deep spite has been the motivation behind your behavior for many years, your brain can’t quite deal with it. It will try very hard to avoid that realization; it will try, in a last-ditch effort to keep your remaining parts alive, to remake the rest of you. This is, I believe, different from the suicidal wish of those who are in so much pain that death feels like relief, different from the suicide I would later attempt, trying to escape that pain. This is a wish to murder yourself; the connotation of kill is too mild. This is a belief that you deserve slow torture, violent death." - Marya Hornbacher, Wasted
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( Oct. 27th, 2009 10:15 pm)
This has somehow turned into me going through every poem I've written in the history of ever and arranging them in a file in order of date. Which is getting boring fast.

I never ate birthday cake yesterday and now I superwant cake. Chocolate cake.

Now I'm reading the James Callis message board (er his posts). Oh wow with the dashes!! And the lack of periods! I frakking love it!

I finished Norwegian Wood by Haruki Marukami and it was quite hauntingly sad and erotic and creepy. But I did quite enjoy it, and it shall probably keep popping up in my thoughts for a good long while feeling like my own memories the way that well-written books seem to.


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