"My heroes don’t have anything special. They have something to tell other people but they don’t know how, so they talk to themselves."
Haruki Murakami (via whyallcaps)
"The thought of people reading in the sun, on a beach, tempts me to recommend dark books, written in the shadow of loneliness, despair, and death. Let these revelers feel a chill as they loll on their towels. Let Baudelaire’s ‘wing of madness’ pass over them like a scavenging seagull."
Anatole Broyard, from “Lending Books,” in A Passion for Books, ed. Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan (Three Rivers Press, 1999)