Bitchin' Bookworm

“He was bookish, she was not; he was theoretical, she political. She called a rose a rose. He called it an accumulation of cultural and biological constructions circulating around the mutually attracting binary poles of nature/artifice.”

—   Zadie Smith [On Beauty] (via pollgold)

“If religion is the opiate of the people, tradition is an even more sinister analgesic, simply because it rarely appears sinister. If religion is a tight band, a throbbing vein, and a needle, tradition is a far homelier concoction: poppy seeds ground into tea; a sweet cocoa drink laced with cocaine; the kind of thing your grandmother might have made.”

—   Zadie Smith [White Teeth] (via pollgold)

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“This is why Kiki had dreaded having girls: she knew she wouldn’t be able to protect them from self-disgust. To that end she had tried banning television in the early years, and never had a lipstick or a woman’s magazine crossed the threshold of the Belsey home to Kiki’s knowledge, but these and other precautionary measures had made no difference. It was in the air, or so it seemed to Kiki, this hatred of women and their bodies - it seeped in with every draught in the house; people brought it home on their shoes, they breathed it in off their newspapers. There was no way to control it.”

—   "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith

“The worst thing about religion was religious people.”

—   The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

“It took courage to let things fall apart so beautifully.”

—   The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

“She did refer, however, to her own misfortune at the hands of love some sixty years earlier. “You never get over it,” she said. “But you get to where it doesn’t bother you so much.””

—   The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (via nynche)

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“Winter is the season of alcoholism and despair.”

—   Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides  (via myrice)

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“In the end, the tortures tearing the Lisbon girls pointed to a simple reasoned refusal to accept the world as it was handed down to them, so full of flaws.”

—   The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (via lostinthesounds)

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