People always seem surprised when I so easily can name my favorite book. Without a moment’s hesitation I promptly answer the question that aggravates every booklover. But the thing is, that while different books mean different things to me, no book has ever meant as much or touched me as deep as this. I will never be done with “Persuasion”. I will read and reread it until my eyes are failing and my sight is fading. And even then, I will think about it. Quote it. Incorporate its words into my everyday routine, my mind and my life.
Because I can’t stand the thought of being without it. I will cling to its words for as long as I can. The phrase ‘favorite book’ is not just a title; it is a declaration of love.
I’m totally in love (and will be forever) with Pride and Prejudice and I read it about every 3-4 years. I equally love To Kill a Mockingbird. Because of its subject matter and how emotionally connected I am to it, I can only read it about every 10 years. Given a choice, I would say that TKAM is my favorite although it’s much harder to get through without shedding a copious amount of tears.
(Source: paperbackcastles.blogspot.dk, via onceuponatimejaneausten)
Gizmo the cat tells Mrs. Eagle to bug off.
Large predatory bird, small mammal. This does not seem like a good idea.
Every week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, heads to the floor of the Senate, sets up an easel and some poster board, and delivers a speech. He works hard on these speeches.
They’re deeply researched and beautifully crafted. He delivers them with passion — to a mostly empty room. His colleagues figure they have better things to do than listen. But 100 years from now, when our grandchildren look back and try to understand what we were doing while the world burned, these speeches may well be some of the most famed rhetoric of the age.
The speeches are on climate change. They range in tone from morally outraged to deeply wonky. One focused on how best to structure a carbon fee. “We should start by setting aside about $140 billion — or 12 percent of the total — to help lower-income households,” Whitehouse said.
Good profile via Bloomberg.
I interviewed Sheldon back in 2005 when he was running for Senate. Nice guy. Hot topic back then was healthcare.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse…..hero
This makes me so happy. People need to stop with this shit.