"Do you know what it is, Bertie, to feel the humility of a worm? She is so far above me."
Nothing irrevocable had yet been spoken, but there was only the barest margin of safety left them; each of them moving delicately along the outskirts of an open question, and, once spoken, such a question—as “Do you love me?”—could never be answered or forgotten. They walked slowly, meditating, wondering, and the path sloped down from their feet and they followed, walking side by side in the most extreme intimacy of expectation; their feinting and hesitation done with, they could only await passively for resolution.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, 1959
"Like so many young men," said Mr. Trout, "you have allowed yourself to be ensnared by a pretty face, never asking yourself if the person you are hoping to marry is capable of making out your income tax return and can be relied on to shovel snow while you are curled up beside the fire with a novel of suspense."
Bachelors Anonymous by P.G. Wodehouse, 1973
Jonathan Lethem writes sex scenes, huh? Welp, see ya later.
Episode 4 of THE STACKS: Tumblr beware, you’re in for a scare!
Penguin will publish Morrissey’s autobiography, Autobiography (by Morrissey), on October 17. Days ahead of its release, Tomes and Talismans has obtained an exclusive partial list of the volume’s chapter headings:
- What Nancy Sinatra’s Breath Smells Like
- Money is Cool
- Craig Gannon Was The Only True Smith
- Skateboard Tricks I Have Learned in Secret
- Greased Tea Recipes
- Bands I Regret Having Influenced
- Maladjusted Did Not Happen
- Top Seventeen Richard Pryor Movies
- The Night I Tasted Beer