F R O M B O O K S
Michael Ondaatje, from In the Skin of a Lion
The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time, but there is order here, very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town.
Michael Ondaatje, from The English Patient
We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves. I wish for all this to be marked on my body when I am dead. I believe in such a cartography.
Jeanette Winterson, from The PowerBook
A story is a tightrope between two worlds.
Dave Eggers, from What is the What
I am alive and you are alive and so we must fill the air with our words.
Dave Eggers, from A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
We are unusual and tragic and alive.
F R O M P O E M S
Jorie Graham, from “Two Paintings by Gustav Klimt“
To receive the light
and return it…
Wole Soyinka, from “Dedication”
Be ageless as dark peat.
Luka Lesson, from “May Your Pen Grace the Page”
May your black pen ‘yin’ love your white page ‘yang’.
Dorianne Laux, from “Savages”
They are savage
for knowledge, for beauty and truth.
They crawl on their knees to find it.
Jack Gilbert, from “The Sixth Meditation: Faces of God”
We are animals haunted by love.
F R O M L E T T E R S, I N T E R V I E W S, L E C T U R E S
Egon Schiele: I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds.
Michelle Williams: I want to be like water. I want to slip through fingers but hold up a ship.
Dr. Airini: Don’t mistake storytelling for softness.
Cheryl Strayed: Write like a motherfucker.