on writing

Mini nonfiction reviews of two writers’ memoirs: Amy Tan’s Where the Past Begins and Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.

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qotd: intention


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I believe in intention and I believe in work. I believe in waking up in the middle of the night and packing our bags and leaving our worst selves for our better ones.

—Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams

qotd: solitude


A library is a good place to soften solitude; a place where you feel part of a conversation that has gone on for hundreds and hundreds of years even when you’re all alone.

—Susan Orlean, The Library Book

qotd: collection


Our minds and souls contain volumes inscribed by our experiences and emotions; each individual’s consciousness is a collection of memories we’ve cataloged and stored inside us, a private library of a life lived.

—Susan Orlean, The Library Book