Photo-a-day: July 16th, 2013

July 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Scored two retro books from my childhood whilst thirfting today.

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July 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Mania was a mental state every bit as dangerous as depression. At first, however, it felt like a rush of euphoria. You were completely captivating, completely charming; everybody loved you. You took ridiculous physical risks, jumping out of a third-floor dorm room into a snowbank, for instance. It made you spend your year’s fellowship money in five days. It was like having a wild party in your head, a party at which you were the drunken host who refused to let anyone leave, who grabbed people by the collar and said, “Come on. One more!” When those people inevitably did vanish, you went out and found others, anyone and anything to keep the party going. You couldn’t stop talking. Everything you said was brilliant. You just had the best idea. Let’s drive down to New York! Tonight! Let’s climb on top of List and watch the sunrise! Leonard got people to do these things. He led them on incredible escapades. But at some point things began to turn. His mind felt as if it was fizzing over. Words became other words inside his head, like patterns in a kaleidoscope. He kept making puns. No one understood what he was talking about. He became angry, irritable. Now, when he looked at people, who’d been laughing at his jokes an hour earlier, he saw that they were worried, concerned for him. And so he ran off into the night, or day, or night, and found other people to be with, so that the mad party might continue…”

In The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides describes the manic phase of bipolar disorder better than I have every read or heard it described.

Photo-a-day – July 9th, 2013

July 9, 2013 § 1 Comment

Today I got SO MANY Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume books for our nieces.

MacLeod’s Books on West Pender St by Suicide Blonde

July 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Just wanna curl up here for days

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Books we took out of the library on July 6th, 2013

July 7, 2013 § 1 Comment

Lesbohemea and I took out 35 books from the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library yesterday and then carried them all home on the train because we are SUPERWOMEN!

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MacLeod’s Books on West Pender Street by Suicide Blonde

July 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

MacLeod's Books on West Pender Street by Suicide Blonde

I think that this used bookstore is what Heaven must look like. You can follow them on tumblr!

We’ve Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson reviewed by Suicide Blonde

July 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

We've Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson reviewed by Suicide Blonde

Instead of asking the question: how could you think that burying marbles or not saying certain words would keep bad things from happening, Shirley Jackson takes OCD, and its motivating need to keep order in a world of chaos seriously. She allows the central character – Mary Katherine – to actualize the need to control change and the scary uncertainty that comes with it and does so completely without judgement. This is the obsessive compulsive’s world, and these acts not only make sense but are necessary.

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