IV. This is all over the interwebs like trains on tracks, but it deserves the attention. Trains + writers = brilliant. I propose it being called ‘A Train of One’s Own’.
V. Yes, people spend their time finding the correlations between cat bites and depression. If you are depressed, you probably have cat bites. Or if you have cat bites, you are most likely depressed. Good luck.
VIII. I’m a big believer in quotes in literature as inspiration, bridges, foundations, glue, and most importantly, as conversation with others. I agree with Patrick Madden here: “We essayists should be proud of our long tradition, which is chock full of quotes, from Montaigne onward, and it would be excellent if we adopted the practice of quoting more often.” (Feel free to quote Pre-Montaigne as well.)
VIX. “Everything I touch sticks to my skin and starts to burn and bubble like acid, so I tuck my fingers into my armpits and climb into the driver’s seat.” More fiction that sticks with you. Bones in the Belly by Candra Kolodziej from Hobart.
XII. Joan Didion always gets it right: ““Do not whine… Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.”
XIII. Speaking of Joan Didion, paintings by Eric Fischl are always inspiring, but especially this one of Joan and her husband John. (featured above)