Thursday, June 5, 2014

"She's a grown-up, isn't she?"

‘...She’s a grown-up, isn’t she? Grown-ups and monsters aren’t scared of things.’

‘Oh, monsters are scared,’ said Lettie. ‘And as for grown-ups...’ She stopped talking, rubbed her freckled nose with a finger. Then, ‘I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.’ She thought for a moment. Then she smiled. ‘Except for Granny, of course.’

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman (2013)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, in quotes

Beauty is a world betrayed. The only way we can encounter it is if its persecutors have overlooked it somewhere... If we want to find it, we must demolish the scenery.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera (1984), p107.

It was twilight in the garden, the time between day and evening. There was a pale moon in the sky, a forgotten lamp in the room of the dead.

Their boots were caked with dirt by the time they took the shovel and spade back to the recess where their tools stood all in a row: rakes, watering cans, hoes.

Ibid., p295.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Thoughts on "Maleficent"

Still frame from Maleficent.

(Spoilers for Maleficent follow.)

(Also seriously, when I say thoughts, I mean disjointed sentence fragments.)