SOME FAVORITE ENTRIES FROM LAST NIGHT'S READING
Last Night's Reading is one of my favorite tumblr/Instagrams. Kate Gavino goes to hundreds of author events around New York City and the next day she posts a sketch of the author along with some bit of wisdom they imparted during their reading. Her drawings are now available in a book, which I got last night when she spoke at Harvard Book Store! 🌻
- •"The absolute safety of your soul will depend on whether you can find the courage or the community to bear witness to what has happened to you." Junot Díaz, 9/3/13This is the first piece Kate Gavino made--she said this talk by Junot Díaz inspired her entire project in the first place!
- •"We read books to rehearse for life." Lois Lowry, 10/19/14I have found this to be very true, myself.
- •"Our lives are framed by two darknesses we don't understand: the darkness before birth and the darkness after death." Alice McDermott, 10/9/14How beautifully she words our uncertainty!
- •"No nostalgia hurts as much as nostalgia for things that never existed." Rabih Alameddine, 1/7/15I have also found this to be very (and somewhat sadly) true.
- •"The white, critical gaze distorts your being, but if you write away from it or regardless of it, the world is yours." Toni Morrison, 12/10/14This is something Toni Morrison has absolutely accomplished, I feel.
- •"I wish more for resilience than happiness...not everyone is strong enough to go to a dark place and come back." Jennifer Weiner, 6/17/14This resonates with me quite profoundly--it is hard to come out of a darkness and stay out of it.
- •"I love being a part of the human race but I also like to stand apart and say 'By the way, you all are disgusting.'" Jamaica Kincaid, 4/3/14Amen to that.
- •"Luck is merely the temporary state of outrunning your impending disasters." Colson Whitehead, 3/11/15I love this way of looking at things.
- •"Sometimes you just have to commit yourself to absurdity." Zadie Smith, 9/21/14And when you do, there is no limit to what you will surprise yourself with!
- •"We need art and beauty because survival is insufficient." Emily St. John Mandel, 9/8/14I loved how important the line "because survival is insufficient" is in Station Eleven. It's from a Star Trek episode, and I think it so perfectly and succinctly explains why we are always reaching for more to sate a hunger that comes not from our tummies but from our brains and our hearts.
- •These are just a few of my favorites, but I encourage you to follow her blog and Instagram, and seek out a copy of this book. It is so beautiful. Since following Kate Gavino's drawings I have noticed a marked difference in the way I pay attention at author events. A change in thinking--a sure sign that art has succeeded!