The New Yorker

I’m back in my old high-school habit of writing down quotes that I like and instead of putting them on the board in Ms. Burson’s homeroom, I decided to post them here. They even have at theme – they’re all from The New Yorker.

“I felt that same sense of outpouring (“pouring over”) that comes when you just have to touch someone, when what you feel makes you pour out of your own body, when you are briefly no longer yourself.” – Jeremy Denk, quoted in “The Well-Tempered Web” by Alex Ross (October 22, 2007)

“Through the years, I have learned that there is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration.” – “In the Bird Cage” by Steve Martin (October 27, 2007)

“All a man has is his work and his sense of self, all the secret life he holds inside that nobody else can know.” – “The Cold Outside” by John Burnside (October 29, 2007)

“Still nothing. We were all quivering with ecstatic, ectoplasmic yearning, and Nicol howled ‘COOOME!!’ with such ferocity that I feared for his sexual partners.” – “I Hit Hamlet” by Paul Rudnick (December 24 & 31, 2007)

“Perhaps reading is a prototype of independence. No matter how much one worships an author, Proust wrote, ‘all he can do is give us desires.’ Reading somehow gives us the boldness to act on them.” – “Twilight of the Books” by Caleb Crain (December 24 & 31, 2007)

“As with all poets of desolation, he seems to deplore what he creates, but it’s just possible that he feels comfortable in the beautiful, strange, blank spaces.” – “Moral Landscapes” by David Denby (January 21, 2008)

“More than anything else, I realized, it had to be boring to be crazy, to think the same sequence of thoughts and come up with the same set of bizarre conclusions, to voice those conclusions using the same words, several times an hour, day in and day out.” – “The Reptile Garden” by Louise Erdrich (January 21, 2008)

“Like Pink, the photograph represented a tender contradiction: the girl who wants both a stuffed animal and a miracle bra.” – “Friend Game” by Lauren Collins (January 21, 2008)

“Booker said that when his parents told their stories about growing up in the segregated South it filled him with a sense of nostalgia for a time and a place – and a culture – wholly different from the privileged life his parents had provided for him and his brother.” – “The Color of Politics” by Peter J. Boyer (February 4, 2008)

“But I really have lived a life that says kindness, inspiration, tapping into the common values that we all share is a much more powerful motivating force than fear.” – Cory Booker quoted in “The Color of Politics” by Peter J. Boyer (February 4, 2008)

“The King, however, was not mad. The King was not content with being. He was striving to become.” – “The Shelter of the World” by Salman Rushdie (February 25, 2008)

“Travel was pointless. It removed you from the place in which you had a meaning, and to which you gave meaning in return by dedicating your life to it, and spirited you away into fairylands where you were, and looked, frankly absurd.” – “The Shelter of the World” by Salman Rushdie (February 25, 2008)

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