Books: Top Ten + Quotes

Spoiler alert: Didion makes it twice.
  1. 1.
    "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" by Joan Didion
    "Los Angeles weather is the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse, and, just as the reliably long and bitter winters of New England determine the way life is lived there, so the violence and the unpredictability of the Santa Ana affect the entire quality of life in Los Angeles, accentuate it's impermanence, it's unreliability. The wind shows us how close to the edge we are."
  2. 2.
    "The Razor's Edge" by W. Somerset Maugham
    "Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy."
  3. 3.
    "Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders" by Vincent Bugliosi
    "It was so quiet, one of the killers would later say, you could almost hear the sound of ice rattling in cocktail shakers in the homes way down the canyon."
  4. 4.
    "In a Lonely Place" by Dorothy B. Hughes
    "I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me."
  5. 5.
    "The End of the Affair" by Graham Greene
    "Insecurity is the worst sense that lovers feel; sometimes the most humdrum desireless marriage seems better. Insecurity twists meanings and poisons trust."
  6. 6.
    "Mildred Pierce" by James M. Cain
    "Then she got up, went to Monty's mirror, and began combing her hair, while little cadenzas absentmindedly cascaded out of her throat, and cold days cascaded over Mildred's heart."
  7. 7.
    "A Season in Purgatory" by Dominick Dunne
    "It's very dangerous to be around those people when you don't have their kind of money."
  8. 8.
    "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier
    "I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say."
  9. 9.
    "The White Album" by Joan Didion
    "We tell ourselves stories in order to live."
  10. 10.
    "Strangers on a Train" by Patricia Highsmith
    "Hate had begun to paralyze his thinking, he realized, to make little blind alleys of the roads that logic had pointed out to him in New York."