21
Oct
2014

Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that… there are many kinds of magic, after all.

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Erin Morgenstern,

The Night Circus

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21
Oct
2014

Stories have changed, my dear boy,” the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. “There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take different forms and are difficult to recognize for what they are. And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep overlapping and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there in no telling where any of them may lead. Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon, or a wolf and a scarlet-clad little girl. And is not the dragon the hero of his own story? Is not the wolf simply acting as a wolf should act? Though perhaps it is a singular wolf who goes to such lengths as to dress as a grandmother to toy with its prey.

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 Erin Morgenstern,  

The Night Circus

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21
Oct
2014
This chapter…

This chapter…

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20
Oct
2014

Old stories have a habit of being told and retold and changed. Each subsequent storyteller puts his or her mark upon it. Whatever truth the story once had is buried in bias and embellishment. The reasons do not matter as much as the story itself.

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Erin Morgenstern,

The Night Circus

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20
Oct
2014

Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it’s really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours.

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 Erin Morgenstern,

The Night Circus

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20
Oct
2014

The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.

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Erin Morgenstern,

The Night Circus

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20
Oct
2014

seventeen years ago you rode off with robert baratheon. you came back a year later with another woman’s son.

seventeen years ago you rode off with robert baratheon. you came back a year later with another woman’s son.

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20
Oct
2014
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20
Oct
2014

anneboleyns:

No announcements precede it.
It is simply there,
when yesterday it was not.

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20
Oct
2014

He reads histories and mythologies and fairy tales, wondering why it seems that only girls are ever swept away from their mundane lives on farms by knights or princes or wolves.

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Erin Morgenstern,

The Night Circus

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20
Oct
2014

He wanders past graves belonging to philosophers and poets, authors whose books he knows from his grandmother’s library. And there are countless other headstones engraved with names he does not recognize, and more that have been so worn by time and wind that they are illegible, their owners long forgotten.

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Erin Morgenstern,

The Night Circus

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20
Oct
2014

Once they were librarians, but that is a subject they will only discuss if heavily intoxicated.

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Erin Morgenstern, 

The Night Circus

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20
Oct
2014
littledallilasbookshelf:

books books & books…. by Eduardo Pennock on Flickr.

littledallilasbookshelf:

books books & books…. by Eduardo Pennock on Flickr.

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20
Oct
2014

starcravingsane:

life goals

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20
Oct
2014

buttonpoetry:

Blythe Baird - “Girl Code 101” (NPS 2014)

"Give me one accomplishment of Mary’s that did not involve her vagina."

Performing during prelims at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.

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