31 10 / 2013
"I begin by writing paragraphs that don’t have an immediate relation to a plot. The sound of the story comes first."
29 10 / 2013
"No writing is wasted. Did you know that sourdough from San Francisco is leavened partly by a bacteria called lactobacillus sanfrancisensis? It is native to the soil there, and does not do well elsewhere. But any kitchen can become an ecosystem. If you bake a lot, your kitchen will become a happy home to wild yeasts, and all your bread will taste better. Even a failed loaf is not wasted. Likewise, cheese makers wash the dairy floor with whey. Tomato gardeners compost with rotten tomatoes. No writing is wasted: the words you can’t put in your book can wash the floor, live in the soil, lurk around in the air. They will make the next words better."
29 10 / 2013
"- Are you a cheater, Leigh?
- No. I don’t think so. But I don’t think anyone’s defined by any single action that they do.
- Then what defines you? Or me?
- Everything else. Or nothing else. Just the universe. How all of it forms around your skin and bones and hair, and how much you let it sink in and how much you push back against it. It’s not just what you change into, but the things you change around you. The way you interrupt the universe with your existence, even for that split second that you are considered to have been alive."
12 10 / 2013
People don’t like love, they like that flittery flirty feeling. They don’t love love - love is sacrificial, love is ferocious, it’s not emotive. Our culture doesn’t love love, it loves the idea of love. It wants the emotion without paying anything for it. It’s ridiculous."
04 10 / 2013
So today I learned/remembered the importance of the benefit of the doubt. You can’t be a decent human being without it.
Sometimes all it takes is a little arrogance to be very, very wrong - so that even when you don’t mean to be mean, you have still become someone who has caused another person unnecessary pain.
And then nobody wins and everyone loses a little bit of luster, and there’s suddenly a lot of guilt and hurt to go around for a little while, or longer.