bits n’ bobs: notes, quotes & other nonsense

I have a lot of pages in the notes app on my iPhone. I mean A LOT, and it’s all just random, just a hodge podge of lists, miscellaneous ideas, quotations or passages, stray thoughts, &c. A delightful mess to wade through!

Here are just a few things I found today while looking for a specific bit of info. ENJOY

“The young man’s ambition was to be known, not to be good.”
— Frankensten on Dr. Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful


Late afternoon
on the Atlantic

Long shadows
render mountain ranges
of the prints of terns’ feet
in the sand


“We live in time, and through it, we build our huts in its ruins, or used to, and we cannot afford all these abandonings.”
The Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner


(To Ben at Riis beach:)
I love the edge of the world. It’s always a good time at the edge of the world.


(On a black cigar box that TL had lined with red velvet:)
It looks like a coffin I want to do the Charleston in!


“…whispered of old dead faiths that the day had shattered”
This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald


“The job of the artist is to look for the antidote to the emptiness of existence.”
— Gertrude Stein in Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen


“Don’t be mysterious. It’s the last resort of people with no secrets.”
— The Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes


The idea with this was that you fill in all the blanks, Mad-Lib style, with the word bullshit. You’ll be cackling away in seconds. So dumb!!


One line review of the Old Testament:
The adventures of God: the original petty tyrant


“We have art in order not to die from the truth.”
— Nietsche


They all wind up wanting to describe me in their words, not mine. It’s the colonizing instinct of men.


(In the backyard at Sunny’s with Zac and Alyssa:)
Wicker Pets!
Let’s get some of those grapevines they use to make wreaths, but use them to make wicker pets that we’ll set fire to on the Winter Solstice.

*bring hot dogs.


(To Zac one evening at the museum:)
I have a Victorian sensibility; I tend to overcomplicate things.


(Overheard at a bar:)
WOMAN “I know how I feel, and I know what I want. But they’re not necessarily the same things.”
MAN “That makes absolutely no sense to me.”


“Go haunt yourself!”
—my Mother, in a dream I had


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