"I can’t write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing. Again and again throughout the course of my life I will forgive myself."
— Ann Patchett, “The Getaway Car” (collected in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage)
"The only teacher I had in college that ever gave us writers good advice said, ‘Run five miles every day and take aspirin.’ The logic being that you’re going to be in your 40s by the time you have anything worthwhile to say, and to just be alive by the time that comes. And that turned out to be very solid advice that I never followed."
Matthew Lawrence, Coworkers I Have Had (2013)—Tender vignettes that reminded me of everyone I’ve ever worked with in a coffeehouse.
Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (2013)—About half the content is reprinted from Brosh’s blog, but it was great to read this in one sitting and laugh for a few hours straight.
Laura van den Berg, The Isle of Youth (2013)—I’m just going to add to the pile and say that this book is fucking great.
My month’s reading.