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The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don’t, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper.
Polly Horvath, My One Hundred Adventures  (via bluestockingbookworm)

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The interplay between these new theoretical ideas and new high‐quality observational data has catapulted cosmology from the purely theoretical domain and into the field of rigorous experimental science. This process began at the beginning of the twentieth century, with the work of Albert Einstein.
Free chapter from Cosmology: A Very Short Introduction on the history of cosmology and how it extends from myth to science. This chapter is free until 25 September on Very Short Introductions Online.
The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer. This is completely understood about poetry or fiction, but it is too seldom realized about books of fact. And yet the impulse which drives a man to poetry will send another man to the tide pools and force him to try to report what he finds there.

John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts, Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research


Monday First Sentences | Every Monday, we offer the opening sentences of a Penguin Classic to start the week.

Anyone eavesdropping might have thought they were making up the language as they went along.

writeworld:

Writer’s Block


In one sentence is the spark of a story. Ignite.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a memory about this sentence. Write something about this sentence.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!

I felt simultaneously quite free in writing this book and also pretty much dead certain that no one would like it. I thought people were going to find it sentimental or poetic in a goofy way, too much like journal writing. I don’t know what I thought, but I didn’t feel that I had to please anyone—and I also didn’t think that I would. I also just thought, I don’t care. I love my other books, too, but this is the book I deeply need and want to write at this point in my life, and that’s what I’m going to do.
The Rumpus Interview With Stacey D’Erasmo (via therumpus)

But clearly, she still thinks about the characters. Still imagines what they’re up to. Still understands that we want to know, too.

I’ll say it again: if Harry’s got a new scar, J.K. Rowling knows how he got it, and that means there’s a story.

And for the first time in a long time, I think it’s one she might be willing to tell.

from Harry Potter and the Chances J. K. Rowling Writes Another Wizarding Novel by Josh Corman
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