"You have to wait and see and no one knows anything for sure, not even what they do or decide or see or suffer, each moment sooner or later dissolves, its degree of unreality constantly on the increase, everything travelling towards its own dissolution with the passing of days and even the seconds that appear to sustain things but, in fact, suppress them"

Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me by Javier Marias

"Here is the real message... : I am Donald Trump; nobody owns me. I don't pander to you; I don't pretend to be nice and polite; I am rich and that's what you would like to be; I'm a winner; I beat people at their own game, and if you vote for me, I will beat our adversaries; if you want wonky policy details, go with those losers who offer 10-point plans; if you want to feel good about yourselves and your country, stick with me."

Winning Arguments by Stanley Fish

"Mitch studied me with a questioning, smug smile. Men did it so easily, that immediate parceling of value. And how they seemed to want you to collude on your own judgment."

The Girls by Emma Cline

"...though her friendship with Leisha had never been what she would now call a friendship at all, but a complex system of reassurances and support for self-involved fantasies that they had propped up between them and reflected back and forth."

Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill

"'We now live in a society where everyone [fears] they're the same, so they want to specify and differentiate,' she said. 'My playlist is different from your playlist; my Facebook page is different from your Facebook page. It's a sense of anxiety, where you think you don't exist if you're not different from everybody else.'"

Curationism by David Balzer

"The truth was always that you were our ring. We'd summoned you out of ourselves, and you were not given a vote."


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"'And if beauty is terror,' said Julian, 'then what is desire? We think we have many desires, but in fact we have only one. What is it?' 'To live,' said Camilla."

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

"I discovered that my obsession for having each thing in the right place, each subject at the right time, each word in the right style, was not the well-deserved reward of an ordered mind but just the opposite: a complete system of pretense invented by me to hide the disorder of my nature."

Memories of my Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"When I discover a different way to express something, I feel a kind of ecstasy. Unknown words present a dizzying yet fertile abyss. An abyss containing everything that escapes me, everything possible."

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri


"Periodization refers to the way athletes train in cycles...[they] marshal the highest energy for key competitive events."

The Way We're Working Isn't Working by Tony Schwartz