Saturday Wisdom #2:

You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.

Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum 

More writing advice that is not, strictly speaking, writing advice from the best student in section, and a very delightful tattoo — also not, strictly speaking, writing advice, but take it that way if you wish — from one of the most entertaining ladies on tumblr: 

rkb:

Will get a better photo later sans shadow. By Ryan at Sanctuary Tattoo, Portland, Maine. Very happy with it, arm hurts. Also, just got carded buying WATER at a tobacco store that I thought was a convenience store. You have to be 18 just to be in the store!

Monday Nostalgia: Books used to be prettier. 

book-aesthete:

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1950.

First American edition, Custom designer leather binding. A fine copy.

Stated “First Printing” of the First American edition of this classic story for children. A custom designed binding, finely bound in full leather by Green Dragon Bindery. With marbled endpapers and portions of the original dust jacket bound in. Pages bright and clean with edges gold gilded. Titles to spine gilt. A beautiful production, with custom illustration engraved in cognac-brown leather, intended to evoke the image of the wardrobe in an early wood cabinet motif – with the witch and lion on the doors. Design plate included.

Saturday Wisdom: My favorite writing quote is by Samuel Beckett though it is not technically a quote about writing.The quote is from a prose piece called Worstward Ho: Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Rarely a day goes by when I have not thought of that quote upon sitting down at my desk to write.

The latest from Dear Writer. Say, why not write us a letter yourself? And while I’m making requests, you really should check out Carolyn Mackler’s excellent contribution to the Dear Bully anthology. 

dearwriter:

Dear Carolyn, What gets you to respond to a reader’s letter? (And the reverse – what makes you not respond?) I’m so bad about replying to reader mail that sometimes it seems hopeless to even start. This one caught my eye because it’s rare to get an actual “old school” typewriter page. I also liked the breezy writing style and colorful vocabulary. XO, Gabrielle P.S. I read your chapter in DEAR BULLY while waiting to do an event at Vroman’s in Pasadena. It was wonderful.