It’s a much more complex world than it seems. And it always was. People are like: ‘Well, you know what black people are like.’ You don’t know what black people are like. Or what white people are like. You have to take people one at a time. And Easy [Rawlins], because he’s a detective, literally has to do that because otherwise he’s never going to understand what’s going on. He can’t prejudge because he is trying to find out what happened. Whenever you write about a detective, that’s how it is.Walter Mosley (via thesmithian)
All writers are exiles wherever they live and their work is a lifelong journey towards the lost land.Janet Frame (via berfrois)
It is the second job of literature to create myth. But its first job is to destroy it.
Kenzaburo Oe, Japanese novelist, at a symposium of Nobel Laureates in Atlanta, as quoted by Mary Ruefle in Madness, Rack, and Honey (via mythologyofblue)
I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.
Tom Waits (via thatkindofwoman)