Frequently when I’m reading a book I will stop to copy down a quote or passage that seems intriguing or is especially well written. The same goes for words and terms I don’t recognize and I try to make a point in looking up their meaning. Often, I end up using those words later in my song lyrics. Below are some quotes and definitions I’ve copied down over the last couple of years.
"Friendship is provisional. You have to keep earning it." - Howard Norman (What Is Left the Daughter)
"I swear, if she didn’t exist, she would have to be invented." - Sebastién Japrisot (One Deadly Summer)
"A guitar is like a warm little room." - Haruki Murakami
”Everything that succeeds creates the conditions for its own demise.” - Tom Drury (The Driftless Area)
"Later he eschewed the blaze of improvisation for the steady warmth of patient toil." - Steven Millhauser (Edwin Mullhouse)
"I used to be a swirl in the devil’s fingerprint." - Eric Puchner (Model Home)
"He excavated a boot print she left on the snowy step outside his apartment and preserved it in his freezer. To be in love was to be dazed twenty times a morning." - Anthony Doerr (About Grace)
"In those halcyon times, when rivers ran with strong ale and the supply of spirits was inexhaustable…" - Edmund Crispin (The Moving Toyshop)
- “… and Una, so raven-like and quarrelsome. A rib of Manhattan torn out to make a woman.” - Jonathan Lethem (Chronic City)
A mnemonic for learning the names of the planets in our solar system: Mother Very Easily Made a Jam Sandwich Using No Peanuts - Kevin Brockmeier (View From the Seventh Layer)
WORDS & TERMS:
Son et Lumiére - a technique of presenting a historical spectacle esp. at night before a monument, etc. using special lighting effects and live or recorded music or narration
Voluptuary - a person devoted to luxurious living and sensual pleasures
Palimpsest - a parchment, tablet, etc. that has been written upon or inscribed two or three times, the previous text having been imperfectly erased and remaining, therefore, still party visible
Tatterdemalion - a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. Wore secreting chemical agent on hands which could dissolve paper. Dressed as a tramp.