“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.”—Joss Whedon
“I think it’s perfectly possible to explain how the universe came about without bringing God into it, but I don’t know everything, and there may well be a God somewhere, hiding away. Actually, if he is keeping out of sight, it’s because he’s ashamed of his followers and all the cruelty and ignorance they’re responsible for promoting in his name. If I were him, I’d want nothing to do with them.”—Philip Pullman
“Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. … The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”—Stephen King
I love eating with my hands. I don’t know why. It’s just something I enjoy.
When I’m out somewhere eating or eating around other people I try to stick to cutlery, unless it’s a specifically finger-type food. But when I’m at home or if I think I can get away with it, without too much fuss, (and assuming it’s not something that you really do need cutlery for - ie. soup) I’ll end up eating with my hands*.
I guess I understand why people think it’s bad manners, I just don’t particularly care. Humans, for thousands of years, ate with their hands. It served them all well enough. And some things are just easier to pick up and eat. Like green beans (which I maintain really are finger food).
I dunno, maybe I’m just weird. Maybe picking at my food is wrong. But then, maybe some people need to stop being so uptight and it really doesn’t matter.
*This and the Fred Penner song are probably the two biggest reasons I’m such a huge fan of sandwiches.
“You speak baby gibberish?’ asked Jack.
‘Fluently. The adult-education center ran a course, and I have a lot of time on my hands.’
‘So what did he say?’
‘I don’t know.’
‘I thought you said you spoke gibberish?’
‘I do. But your baby doesn’t. I think he’s speaking either
pre-toddler nonsense, a form of infact burble or an obscure dialect of
gobbledygook. In any event, I can’t understand a word he’s saying.’
‘Oh.”—Jasper Fforde The Big Over Easy
“Maybe those sorts of yes-or-no life-and-death decisions are easier to make because they are so black and white. I can cope with them because it’s easier. Human emotions, well…they’re just a fathomless collection of grays and I don’t do so well on the midtones.”—Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair
“Goodness is weakness, pleasantness is poisonous, serenity is mediocrity and kindness is for losers. The best reason for committing loathsome and detestable acts – and let’s face it, I am considered something of an expert in this field – is purely for their own sake. Monetary gain is all very well, but it dilutes the taste of wickedness to a lower level that is obtainable by almost anyone with an overdeveloped sense of avarice. True and baseless evil is as rare as the purest good –”—Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair
“First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII — and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we’ve realized it’s a brochure.”—Douglas Adams
Gimme a line from literature that you adore. When I say literature, I mean anything published, but preferably something that has you running to a physical page in a physical book.
This is one of those questions that seems really simple to answer until I start considering it. I read. A lot. So picking just one, especially for someone as neurotic as I am is really difficult.
So here are a few…
"I’m not mad. I’m just…well, differently moralled, that’s all." Jasper Fforde - The Eyre Affair
"Sorry," [Hamlet] said, rubbing his temples. "I don’t know what came over me. All of a sudden I had this overwhelming desire to talk for a very long time without actually doing anything." Jasper Fforde - Something Rotten
"After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer’s breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as the do for the writer - perhaps more." Jasper Fforde - The Well of Lost Plots
"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."Douglas Adams - Restaurant at the End of the Universe
"You live and learn. At any rate, you live."Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless
"Someday I would change my name to Shut Up and save everybody a lot of time." Jonathan Lethem - Motherless Brooklyn
Now, that’s not even close the a complete list of all the lines I adore from all the books I love by all the authors I spend hours and hours enjoying. But it’s a start.