For the month of January I’ll be focusing on reading fiction and nonfiction by writers in translation, from Haruki Murakami to Marguerite Duras.
I must change my life so that I can live it, not wait for it.
—Susan Sontag, Reborn: Early Diaries 1947-1963
There is no such thing as an artist: there is only the world, lit or unlit as the light allows.
—Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
To live in preparation of adversity and finding ways to preserve your core values—this is what it means to learn ‘how to live.’
—Qiu Miaojin, Last Words from Montmartre
In memory, freedom is obvious. In the present moment it’s harder to appreciate, or recognize as a form of responsibility.
—Zadie Smith, Feel Free: Essays
You write from what you know, but you write into what you don’t know.
—Grace Paley, from a 1986 Interview with Kay Bonetti
You have to create your own space which has a lot of silence in it and a lot of books.
—Susan Sontag, Interview with Rolling Stone (1979)