Saturday, February 28, 2015

Random Angst Times Three

I would like to share three quotes that I pasted onto a single text file named randomangst.txt for quite a while now.

These are all, of course, prose excerpts expressed in the most quaintly angsty terms. Enjoy, in a dark, deep, only-happy-when-it-rains way.

"You said I killed you - haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!"
~Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights
From the 1939 Wuthering Heights movie

"How could you believe me - when I can't believe myself? I've become such a liar. I never lied about anything once upon a time. Now I have to lie, especially to myself. But how can you understand, when I don't myself. I've never understood anything about it, except that one day long ago I found I could no longer call my soul my own."
~Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey into Night

"Some wounds never heal. The second time the sword went in, I aimed it at the place of the first. I am weak there - the place where I had been found out before. My weakness was skinned over by your love. I knew when you healed me that the wound would open again, I knew it like destiny, and at the same time, I knew it as choice."
~Jeanette Winterson, Lighthousekeeping

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Half of Ourselves

"He suddenly recalled the famous myth from Plato's Symposium: People were hermaphrodites until God split them in two, and now all the halves wander the world over seeking one another. Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost."
~Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

I have been listening to a little too much Bellefire and Roxette music lately, hence the quote above. Indulge me, please.

Friday, February 20, 2015

After All

I was browsing through various blogs when I came across these simple yet touchingly beautiful lines from the song After All by Dar Williams:

'Cause for every price
And every penance that I could think of
It's better to have fallen in love
Than never to have fallen at all

Amen to that, and everything.

Have a good weekend ahead!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hero

Now that the world isn't ending
It's love that I'm sending to you
But it isn't the love of a hero
That's why I fear it won't do

Monday, February 16, 2015

Words to Live By

I read this quote from someone's e-mail signature in a mailing list which I'm part of. These beautifully-stated words of wisdom are credited to Martin Luther King:

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Wow. 'Nuff said, indeed.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

To Love Somebody

"I don't believe that emotions should be related to identities. Be it Knight or Pretear, I feel the same. If I'm in love with someone – even if I don’t know how it'll turn out to be – maybe good and evil doesn't matter to me anymore. Maybe it's something that can't be forgiven, but I believe that nobody can say that loving somebody is wrong."
~Himeno, Shin Shirayuki Hime Densetsu Pretear

The above quote was shared some time ago by a fellow anime and manga fan.

Indeed, manga and anime has created possibilities for art, emotion and sensibility to be seamlessly, beautifully melded for the appreciation of young and old alike.

Have a non-angsty and happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kick in the Teeth

I recently came across the older entries of a very interesting blog, Literary Rejections on Display.

Although the blog's creator has, ironically, moved on to a career as a published writer, the website still has posts wherein aspiring authors anonymously shared the rejection letters or some such they received after querying their written works to various agents.

Below are some quotes on failure and rejection, which may just be the thing to get you back on your feet!

"You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."
~Walt Disney

"We pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free."
~Tom Robbins

Can't believe we are already a week into the second month of 2015!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Drugs, Wizard and Glass

True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring - once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome...except, of course, to those who share the kisses, who give and take the caresses while every sound and color of the world seems to deepen and brighten around them. As with any other strong drug, true first love is really only interesting to those who have become its prisoners.

And, as is true of any other strong and addicting drug, true first love is dangerous.

~Stephen King, Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower Volume IV

The Dark Tower Book 4: Wizard and GlassThese words were encountered by yours truly while hunting about for art to showcase in a webpage layout. I was rummaging through Dave McKean works and, voila, I found Wizard and Glass, Book Four of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series.

Each installment of the Dark Tower books is illustrated by a different artist, thus rendering to every one a distinct touch and mood.

The Gunslinger (Book One) was illustrated by Michael Whelan, while drawing chores for The Drawing of the Three (Book Two) went to Phil Hale. I also liked the work of Ned Dameron in The Waste Lands (Book Three), because the mild ethereal quality of his lines seem like a cross between Kaori Yuki (Angel Sanctuary) and Mamiya Oki (Lover's Diary).

In my humble opinion, Wizard and Glass has the most exquisite artistry out of The Dark Tower books, displaying the unique dark surrealism so similar to McKean's work in DC Vertigo's The Sandman series.

Wizard and Glass has over 800 pages, plus 18 full-page color paintings and seven black-and-white drawings. All illustrations are by McKean, which is reason enough to buy the book. Never mind that the bound volume weighs around three pounds or so.