During my eclectic reading moments, I regularly find myself nodding in agreement and muttering yeah, right on. It is irrelevant that I'm probably using them out of their original context because even in our individual paths and obsessions, we all share moments of clarity which we adapt to our needs.
All, that is, except religious fanatics who would have us believe that they are recipients of the one true faith. If there is a heaven, I don't want theirs. I've got my own nirvana to look forward to.
(I wonder if the executed Bali Bombers discovered that the virgins awaiting them were actually septugenarian Catholic nuns.)
These are a few of the quotes I've garnered recently but haven't used in my multifarious posts.
Michèle Roberts, novelist. Librarians are necessarily heroes and warriors - albeit in disguise - battling the contempt for intellectual life initiated in the Thatcher years.
Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, an independent UK school. We have to fight always a triumphalism of separateness.
Jay Rayner, restaurant reviewer. There is a particular word I could use here, but I refuse to denigrate the honest pleasures of self-abuse purely to make a point.
Jay doesn't like the notion of Buddha Bars either and I have already posted his review, but as Miko commented: Superb, I am going to plagiarise that line shamelessly.
Bob Ricard, writing about restaurant design. The world is suffering from a mass psychogenic malaise: we have - for the time being - lost the future.
Probably what Jay was referring to. Tom Waits, gravelly-voiced singer-songweriter about American low life. We live in an age when you can casually say to someone, 'What's the story on that?' and they will run to the computer and tell you within five seconds. That's fine but I'd just as soon continue wondering.
Emory Cook - notes to LP Music Boxes, Carousels, and Hand Organ Sound is a way of day dreaming - an escape into the wild blue.
Tanya Gold, a freelance journalist who gave up her mobile phone and computer for a week. You don't need mobile phones and internet to live. You don't! Nothing terrible happened to me this week, well, nothing more terrible than usual.