Jul 28, 2014
I am commissioned to write emails on my mother’s behalf, to an old British couple who live in Yorkshire, England and have the surname BOTTOMLEY, that she met on a river cruise in Europe.
My mother took issue with my use of “slew” and “nonetheless” and those words are not in her vocabulary.

I am commissioned to write emails on my mother’s behalf, to an old British couple who live in Yorkshire, England and have the surname BOTTOMLEY, that she met on a river cruise in Europe.

My mother took issue with my use of “slew” and “nonetheless” and those words are not in her vocabulary.

Jul 28, 2014
Postcards to the groom-to-be from the bridesmaids.

Mine: “5 THINGS TO DO WHEN SHE IS HAVING A BAD DAY” 

3. DO THE CHORES

Postcards to the groom-to-be from the bridesmaids.

Mine: “5 THINGS TO DO WHEN SHE IS HAVING A BAD DAY”

3. DO THE CHORES

Jul 27, 2014
It is certainly true that the larger and older the living thing is, the harder it is to know how to care for it.
Lydia Davis
Jul 27, 2014
baby photo-bomb (at Primo Passo Coffee Company)

baby photo-bomb (at Primo Passo Coffee Company)

Jul 27, 2014
I have to believe that in the end what is good, what is honorable, what is exceptional about human beings will triumph over what is simply small and mean and devious. If I didn’t believe that, I might as well slit my own throat now and certainly stop work, because writers have to believe that their words will carry on speaking to people and that there is a people worth speaking to. You have to believe in a kind of continuity, and you do especially because you look back at the past and you were glad that those books have been written, that they exist, that they are there for you now, and you want to go on adding to that.
Jeanette Winterson
Jul 27, 2014
And that is the preserve of poetry and of true fiction, to put roots down through the surface into the subsoil of the human heart and to draw up those elements that would otherwise lie locked there, unheard, unspoken, perhaps unregarded. Language can do that, and I think that it is the duty of the writer to go on pushing language forward because if it’s not developing, if it’s not growing, if people aren’t using it in unique and different ways while at the same time regarding its tradition, then that language is going to start atrophying.
Jeanette Winterson
Jul 27, 2014
For me, language is a freedom. As soon as you have found the words with which to express something, you are no longer incoherent, you are no longer trapped by your own emotions, by your own experiences; you can describe them, you can tell them, you can bring them out of yourself and give them to somebody else. That is an enormously liberating experience, and it worries me that more and more people are learning not to use language; they’re giving in to the banalities of the television media and shrinking their vocabulary, shrinking their own way of using this fabulous tool that human beings have refined over so many centuries into this extremely sensitive instrument. I don’t want to make it crude, I don’t want to make it into shopping-list language, I don’t want to make it into simply an exchange of information: I want to make it into the subtle, emotional, intellectual, freeing thing that it is and that it can be.
Jeanette Winterson
Jul 27, 2014
pink meets pink

pink meets pink

Jul 27, 2014
licking up the salty breeze at Venice beach

licking up the salty breeze at Venice beach

Jul 26, 2014
HAIR

HAIR

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