The Quote Of Your Life

  • If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
— Charles Bukowski  [Factotum]

  • Everyone should read at least one of Bukowski’s books during their lifetime. His books capture his truth, your truth, my truth.  How far do your thoughts take you..? His manner of writing, and living, is so liberating. I think his popularity stems from the feelings he conveys to his readers, whether you like him or not, you feel him.  I strongly recommend “Women” one of my favorites. Believe  me, it will be an enjoyable summer-read.

Shades of Milk And Honey

The debut novel from Mary Robinette Kowal . Kowal’s lively romance tells the story of two grown sisters: Jane, a spinster at 28, is the ugly duckling of the family, but she makes up for her sallow skin and disharmonious features with her talents in genteel arts, from painting and pianoforte to conjuring up beautiful and vivid glamours using the ether. Her younger sister, Melody, is the family beauty, courted by men all around the Dorset countryside. Father is a warm but distant presence, while Mother is a bedridden neurasthenic hypochondriac who grasps and climbs the social ladder, hoping to ingratiate herself with the viscountess next door (and possibly marry Melody off to her nephew, a dashing captain in Her Majesty’s Navy).  And this is a love-story and a rather glorious one at that. Kowal’s first novel is a beautifully told story of being true: true to love, true to family, and true to art.

I gotta a feeling that Milk & Honey is gonna be a film pretty soon.