Mark Twain’s 20 Quotes on Writing | Azevedo's Reviews.

Genius! My fave:
”The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

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I Heart Mark Twain

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“But the city makes up for its hazards and its deficiencies by supplying its citizens with massive doses of a supplementary vitamin-the sense of belonging to something unique, cosmopolitan, mighty and unparalleled. . . .”
― E.B. White, Here Is New York

Here is New York is only 7500 words but 7500 perfectly chosen and combined words that effectively captures the love that millions of New Yorkers feel for their city. Even if you aren’t a die-hard New Yorker like me, it is one of the most tightly and well-written pieces of prose that I’ve ever read. I’m sure you will agree.

Here’s a PDF copy of the essay. Check it out for yourself. 

I already gushed about the opening paragraph, here.  Rather eerie is the following excerpt. Keep in mind the essay was written in 1948, over two decades before the twin towers were completed.

“The subtlest change in New York is something people don’t speak much about but that is in everyone’s mind. The city, for the first time in its long history, is destructible. A single flight of planes no bigger than a wedge of geese can quickly end this island fantasy, burn the towers, crumble the bridges, turn the underground passages into lethal chambers, cremate the millions. The intimation of mortality is part of New York now: in the sound of jets overhead, in the black headlines of the latest edition.”

Here is New York

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The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War

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“Rising literary star Deb Olin Unferth offers a new twist on the coming-of-age memoir in this utterly unique and captivating story of the year she ran away from college with her Christian boyfriend and followed him to Nicaragua to join the Sandinistas.”

Yes, I’m judging this book by it’s cover (love it!).  Really looking forward to reading this one.  

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Share your kindle books with friends

Love my Kindle. Love it even more now that you can lend books for up to 14 days to fellow Kindle owners and to those who have the Kindle app on their mobile device or laptop. The Hunger Games trilogy is available for lending. So is Freedom from Jonathan Franzen. All of which I own. Happy to lend them to you if you’d like a good read.

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