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of a certain disposition

27 Mar

Aug 23 and thereabouts 039

“We were frightened of being left alone for the rest of our lives. Only people of a certain disposition are frightened of being alone for the rest of their lives at the age of 26. We were of that disposition.”

-Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

Have you read High Fidelity or any Hornby’s other books?


coulda’ woulda’ shoulda

29 Feb

Mattie the Berner in Rock Creek Park

“We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

who they were back then

31 Jan

National Arboretum, Washington DC

“In most of the photos, Dad looks worried in his borrowed tuxedo, like there might be all sorts of trouble brewing right outside the frame. But there’s one of the two of them, on the stairs of the catering hall, he’s carrying her in his arms and they’re laughing, at the photographer, at themselves in their ridiculous gown and tux, at the idea that they can do this thing, start a family. A lump forms in my throat and lodges there. You can kind of see who they were back then, innocent and in love, long before kids and a mortgage and rottweilers and cancer and possible (probable) lesbianism.”

-Jonathan Trooper, This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel

What does Winnie Cooper want?

17 Nov

Washington DC

“This was something new. I mean, I always figured girls knew exactly what they wanted. They knew – they had a plan. Or maybe they didn’t. Maybe they were just as confused as we were. Isn’t that great? It – it’s horrible. They don’t know either. That means nobody knows. As I stood there that cold night, I realized for the first time in a long time that Winnie and I were feeling the same thing. We were both completely… miserable.”

– The Wonder Years

Relive The Wonder Years

More me

16 Nov
the turtle eats tomatos

Udaipur, India

“And the question is: Was I more alive then than I am now? I happily have to disagree. I laugh more often now. I cry more often now. I am more me.”

– Peter, Bjorn and John, “Object Of My Affection”

Listen/Purchase: Objects of My Affection

something familiar

14 Nov
shooting stars and stones

Gibson Island, MD

“Will you stay here for a while, dear? Till the radio plays something familiar.”

-The Decemberists, “Billy Liar”

Listen/Buy here: Billy Liar

an experiment in limits

4 Nov
Find the window

Washington DC

“The problem is, for some reason you think you are going to meet the kind of girl who is not the kind of girl who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning. When you meet her you are going to tell her that what you really want is a house in the country with a garden. New York, the club scene, bald women, you’re tired of all that. Your presence here is only a matter of conducting an experiment in limits, reminding yourself of what you aren’t.”

-Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City

This book is written in the second person. Think about how strange that is. Buy it here: Bright Lights, Big City

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