Saturday, October 13, 2007

Saturday morning links

We spend much of our lives alone. Some cope with it better than others. The ones who don’t are primed and ready for victimhood. You have to learn to be with yourself, because if you don’t, there’s a whole world of drugs, booze and rotten people who will be your friend until you’ve been sucked dry. Beware of what loneliness makes you do. . .

--Josh Olson, The Life and Death of Jesse James (via Chris)

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Rachel Seiffert's top 10 books about troubled families

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The demand that stories must be “about” something is from Communist thinking and, further back, from religious thinking, with its desire for self-improvement books as simple-minded as the messages on samplers.

--Nobel Prize-winner Doris Lessing, Questions You Should Never Ask a Writer

7 comments:

Sylvia said...

That Olson quote is very astute. Makes me glad to be an introvert.

SFP said...

Yup. As I tell my son, we all gotta develop those inner resources.

Lori said...

I really like the Josh Olson quote. I think it's really true. I think if the only people who were together because they still really wanted to be, we'd have a whole lot more single people. Desperation and loneliness can make a person do or put up with really awful things.

SFP said...

It's a wonderful quote and a really really interesting article. Y'all go read it, as well. Time well spent, I promise.

Crissy said...

Completely unrelated to this post, I just have to say, Susan, your comments elsewhere cracked me up this morning!
:o)

Crissy

SFP said...

I'm glad, Chrissy. I'm well aware that I'm being nothing but a little shit by this point, but I. just. don't. care. :)

Possum Magic said...

That Olsen quote is very apt. I thought when I married I wouldn't be alone anymore; but my husband's work means he travels a lot. I have had to put in place coping mechanisms or I get very blue. And, I always thought I was a fairly solitary person - but I don't think we are made to be that way. We all need some sort of companion - now I have two dogs to keep me company when he is away!