Molly Gamble

Month: February, 2014

Oh, I do

If you don’t believe in fate, my tattoo artist agreed, when I told him about you, you better believe in something.

Oh, I told him, I do.

What? He asked.

People, I said, and he shook his head and smiled, like everyone always does. But I’ve never been wrong, grown man that I am. Not once.

 

[SELF-MADE MAN #28: THE LION, THE LAMB, AND THE GROWN MAN by Thomas Page McBee via The Rumpus]

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Classic

“They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

I read The Great Gatsby in high school, but years later, I still think of this sentence. Especially when I meet certain people or read certain news stories. It’s the perfect description for so much. 

Always defying expectations

Milwaukee is.

Portland

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“I think one of the greatest gifts writers can give each other is the act of simple witness. To say to each other: I believe you and I believe in you and I want you to keep on keeping on because that’s the only way. Write that story or poem or essay or novel or play or advice column that you feel compelled to write, no matter what the market says.”

—Cheryl Strayed was one of three writers to discuss “writerly friendships” (via BuzzFeed) this week. Each woman has  brilliant things to say about supporting one another as writers, sure, but also about supporting “the whole person.” Like lending a friend clothes when she’s broke and has nothing to wear for a lunch meeting with an editor, then popping champagne when her book makes it onto the New York Times best-seller list.

That’s the only way to do it.

On the bright side

We aren’t supposed to have more below-zero temperatures any time soon.