Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's ski, another's voice, another's soul.

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's ski, another's voice, another's soul.

Heard Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" on Selected Shorts last night and was reminded how thoroughly this story affected me when I was fifteen; it totally got its claws into me again now. Brilliant. | http://store.symphonyspace.org/products/where-are-you-going-where-have-you-been-mp3-download

“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates

Heard Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" on Selected Shorts last night and was reminded how thoroughly this story affected me when I was fifteen; it totally got its claws into me again now. Brilliant. | http://store.symphonyspace.org/products/where-are-you-going-where-have-you-been-mp3-download

"I write so much because my cat sits on my lap.  She purrs so I don't want to get up.  She's so much more calming than my husband" Joyce Carol Oates

16 Famous Writers And Their Cats

"I write so much because my cat sits on my lap. She purrs so I don't want to get up. She's so much more calming than my husband" Joyce Carol Oates

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates: What it's about: Oates imagines the inner monologue of Marilyn Monroe as she started out as Norma Jean Baker.  Who's starring: Jessica Chastain will play Marilyn.

Summer Reading List: 50 Books to Read Before They're Movies

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates: What it's about: Oates imagines the inner monologue of Marilyn Monroe as she started out as Norma Jean Baker. Who's starring: Jessica Chastain will play Marilyn.

Author Caleb Pirtle III write: "We know what wanders through our own minds whether we happen to be writing, thinking, dreaming, scheming, or taking a walk along the pine-shadowed banks of a little creek, which I do often.  And sooner or later, most of us wonder what thoughts other writers have about writing, what secrets to they possess, and what advice they could give us about the chore of collecting enough words to tell a story."

Author Caleb Pirtle III write: "We know what wanders through our own minds whether we happen to be writing, thinking, dreaming, scheming, or taking a walk along the pine-shadowed banks of a little creek, which I do often. And sooner or later, most of us wonder what thoughts other writers have about writing, what secrets to they possess, and what advice they could give us about the chore of collecting enough words to tell a story."

The challenge is to resist circumstances. Any idio can be happy in a happy place. But moral courage is required to be happy in a hellhole  - Joyce Carol Oates

The challenge is to resist circumstances. Any idio can be happy in a happy place. But moral courage is required to be happy in a hellhole - Joyce Carol Oates

“The worst thing: to give yourself away in exchange for not enough love.”  Joyce Carol Oates (American, B. 1938)

“The worst thing: to give yourself away in exchange for not enough love.” Joyce Carol Oates (American, B. 1938)

"Novels begin, not on the page, but in meditation and day-dreaming - in thinking, not writing."

"Novels begin, not on the page, but in meditation and day-dreaming - in thinking, not writing."

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