Lydia Hirt

"She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain"
-Louisa May Alcott (1873)
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One of the important parts of prepping for a beach getaway (in addition to the packing, swimsuit freak-out, digging out your summer clothes from all the nooks & crannies in which they’re stuffed…) is figuring out what books to take.  

I received two great recommendations from Twitter - BEAUTIFUL RUINS and HOTHOUSE FLOWER.  Due to the copious amounts of rose at each lunch, I only got through the first, but loved every second. I have to share some of my favorite passages.

And he waited-as he always had-for life to come and find him… If he wasn’t entirely happy, he wasn’t unhappy, either. Rather, he found himself inhabiting the vast, empty plateau where most people live, between boredom and contentment.

"Then she smiled, and in that instant, if such a thing were possible, Pasquale fell in love, and he would remain in love for the rest of his life-not so much with the woman, whom he didn’t even know, but with the moment.”

Words and emotions are simple currencies  If we inflate them, they lose their value, just like money. They begin to mean nothing. 

"This life is a cold, brittle thing. And yet it’s all there is."

But what had Lydia said after she caught him with another woman? If you really do love me, then it’s even worse, the way you act. It means you’re cruel.

"Or was there something familiar and cutting in what he’d said-the love of your life? Maybe not. But it didn’t have to be like that, did it? Couldn’t you outgrow the little-girl fantasy? Couldn’t love be gentler, smaller, quieter, not quite all consuming?”

Who but the insane would ever be at peace? what person who has enjoyed life could possible think one is enough? Would could live even a day and not feel the sweet ache of regret?

<3 “Books are surviving… After all, the one thing we know about people: they always surprise” - Junot Diaz

"Books have the power to change us…In reading about our favorite characters, we may actually become more like them." 

Time for me to reread GONE WITH THE WIND - I love Scarlett O’Hara.

theatlantic:

If We Are What We Read, Who Are We, Exactly?

We love books for being books. But books are more than just words on pages, lovely or terrible adventures, weird imaginings, plot twists and romances and things that would never happen to us in real life and therefore we should read about. Books have the power to change us—but not just in our minds, apparently. According to research recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology by Geoff Kaufman of Tiltfactor Laboratories at Dartmouth College and Lisa Libby of Ohio State, the act of reading of and identifying with a fictional character means also that we tend to subconsciously adopt their behavior. In reading about our favorite characters, we may actually become more like them.

Read more at The Atlantic Wire. [Image: Shutterstock]

(via housingworksbookstore)

Now this is a quandary I’d love to have. Take me there!

Ever since I read Moriarty&#8217;s THE CHAPERONE  I&#8217;ve been more than a little obsessed with Louise Brooks. Fab photo!
riverheadbooks:

awesomepeoplereading:

Louise Brooks reads.

Perhaps that’s some Schopenhauer she’s reading? Check out Riverhead’s June novel THE CHAPERONE to find out more of the lovely Louise’s favorite reads! 

Ever since I read Moriarty’s THE CHAPERONE  I’ve been more than a little obsessed with Louise Brooks. Fab photo!

riverheadbooks:

awesomepeoplereading:

Louise Brooks reads.

Perhaps that’s some Schopenhauer she’s reading? Check out Riverhead’s June novel THE CHAPERONE to find out more of the lovely Louise’s favorite reads!