Book Meme

I got tagged by septembriseur (I presume for this meme and not the fic meme, because I don’t read enough fic to do that properly). I was actually thinking about books that are important to me recently, as I emptied my shelves into boxes to be shipped to the UK. Which books did I want with me on the other side of the world? I found I was reaching for those that I might not necessarily want to read, but that I simply wanted on my shelves: the ones whose spines reflect of all of the past selves I’ve ever been.

Also I included a few series here, even though the meme seems to specify singular texts. What can I say? I just really love serial fiction. 

1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susana Clarke

2. The Farseer Trilogy, Robin Hobb

3. The City and The City, China Mieville

4. Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film, Guiliana Bruno

5. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel

6. Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, Raymond Carver

7. The Sandman, Neil Gaiman

8. Genesis, Michel Serres

9. The Dark Tower, Stephen King

10. Green Sense: The Aesthetics of Plants, Place and Language, John Charles Ryan

I’m tagging bifurism, capturedraindrops, elucipher, fireflydreams, insertpalindromehere, katzcats, petrichorals, postscriptforfinales, thesilverdevastation, and anyone else who hasn’t done it and wants to. 

There is a song the body sings to itself
about time’s arrow, that has pierced
Its sentimental shining heart: about the eternal
flow of fire over the medulla oblongata,
And the oceanic backwash of lymph
in the cells’ interstices. Call that song an angel.
Call it space. The body sings, and does not know
or care about the corrosive dark matter
Sealed in burial urns. The body sings, and when it stops
for breath, nothing sings back its harmony.

T. R. Hummer, “Maria Ranier Rilke, 1875-1926,” from Urn: Poems (Diode Editions, 2014) (via A Poet Reflects)

What if your future was the past? 

w h e r e  did you come from ?

amypoehler:

Get to know me meme — [4/5] tv shows: Pushing Daisies

"You can’t just touch someone’s life and just be done with it"

lilefromchile:

The Bay Golden Horn, Ivan Aivazovsky (1845)

lilefromchile:

The Bay Golden Horn, Ivan Aivazovsky (1845)

There is strange comfort in being lost,
in making a home of uncertainty—
a pillow of moss, a bed of leaves,
a presence out of absence.

© Amal El-Mohtar, from ‘Lost’ as published in Strange Horizons. (via indigenousdialogues)
mallelis:

Suddenly he heard them: Marxists.
“No,” he whispered, sinking to his knees. When they get near you, he remembered Lupin saying, you will be left with only the worst memories of your life. 
“Only together, collectively, can we achieve anything of lasting significance,” he heard one of them say. Harry moaned in pain.
“The fortunate owe it to society to contribute to those who cannot work,” another chanted. Harry closed his eyes and collapsed.
“A strong central government –” began a third. This was too much for Harry. He rose painfully to his knees and screamed –
“EXPECTO PATRONUM!”
A shining white dollar flew out of his wand. “I AM THE STRONGEST FORCE THERE IS,” it shouted. “I AM AN OBJECTIVE MEASUREMENT OF THE GOOD. I CANNOT BE DIMINISHED OR COMPROMISED.”
Ayn Rand’s Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Collectivism

mallelis:

Suddenly he heard them: Marxists.

“No,” he whispered, sinking to his knees. When they get near you, he remembered Lupin saying, you will be left with only the worst memories of your life. 

“Only together, collectively, can we achieve anything of lasting significance,” he heard one of them say. Harry moaned in pain.

“The fortunate owe it to society to contribute to those who cannot work,” another chanted. Harry closed his eyes and collapsed.

“A strong central government –” began a third. This was too much for Harry. He rose painfully to his knees and screamed –

“EXPECTO PATRONUM!”

A shining white dollar flew out of his wand. “I AM THE STRONGEST FORCE THERE IS,” it shouted. “I AM AN OBJECTIVE MEASUREMENT OF THE GOOD. I CANNOT BE DIMINISHED OR COMPROMISED.”

Ayn Rand’s Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Collectivism

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