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great lines

other years, other lines:
2013 or 2014
or 2015 or 2017
My book journals are full of great lines from the books I have read, lines that caught my mind's eye. So, I throw them out here for you to read. Try them on. Take them for a spin. If they don't work for you, no problem, you're sure to find your own. My hope is that some of these words will draw you into some of these fine books. Sharing is good. John


from HILLBILLY ELEGY: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance (read Sept '16)
You see, I grew up poor, in the Rust Belt, in an Ohio steel town that has been hemorrhaging jobs and hope for as long as I can remember.

from MENDOCINO FIRE: Stories by Elizabeth Tallent (read Sept '16)
(story -
"This is a hypothetical. What if someone you were in love with turned out to be a Republican? How bad would that be? Would it be a thing you'd leave them over?"
"That couldn't happen."
"Sure it could."
"Nope. Because when you're talking to a Republican, you can't talk long before you hear something, some opinion, that makes your blood run cold."

(story -
Eros 101)
"There are days, lately, when I don't love books."
"You're losing your soul."
Clio reflects on the justness of this observation. "People open bookstores because they want their sols back."
"It works. I know bookstores whose owners have
gotten them back."


from HALF WILD: Stories by Robin MacArthur (read Sept '16)
(story - The Heart of the Woods)
My father's a logger, my brother a builder of houses, my husband a real estate man. Our lives are tied to the fate of trees the way some people's are tied to money, others religion.

You can't get rich in this place without accumulating spite.

nib from THE HARVEST MAN by Alex Grecian (read Sept '16)
But first things first. Before they could be a family again, he would have to remove Mother's and Father's masks to revel their true features He started, excited, and stood, picked up the curved knife and the rope and trotted down the stairs, no longer concerned about making noise. He couldn't wait to see his parents' faces again.

from ONE MORE THING: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak (read Aug '16)
(story -
No One Goes to Heaven to See Dan Fogelberg)
He tried the knob of the door and found it was unlocked
of course — and swung open easily. And there, leaning casually against a closet door wit his eyes half-closed, was Frank Sinatra. And there, on the floor on her knees, was Nana, blowing Frank Sinatra.

"I love you, Timmy. It's just ... I only knew you for nine years. And I'm young here. You know? I have other things to do besides dinner-at-Grandma's."

(story - Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Missing Bicycle)
"George W. Bush is the father of Miley Cyrus's baby!"
[this story is under review]

(story - If You Love Something)
If you love something, let it go.
If you don't love something, definitely let it go.
Basically, just drop everything, who cares.

(story - Dark Matter)
Then we watched a movie on TV that was somehow listed in the 'classics' category, but it was so bad that it was actually hilarious to make fun of it. It was about a sled.

from THE ETERNAL ONE OF THE DREAM: Selected Poems 1990-2010 by James Tate (read Aug '16)
(poem fragment -
Head of a White Woman Winking)
She had one good bumblebee
which she leads around town on a leash of clover.
It's as big as a Saint Bernard
but also extremely fragile.
People want to pat its long, shaggy coat.

(poem fragment -
Chronology of Events)
I had a stranglehold on a straw man,
the son of a bitch was dying fast,
and then I let go and floated for a while.
Time passed like a butterfly in the room.

(poem fragment -
The Loon)
A loon woke me this morning. It was like waking up
in another world. I had no idea what was expected of me.
I waited for instructions.


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