Words & Books

This is a collection of excerpts from the books I love, interviews with writers who I admire, quotes that make me think, and words to remember.

-Gleb Petrov

“The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature: only then can he see clearly.”

– Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot (via keshavprasad)

“The villain of any story is often the most compelling character.”

– John Hodgman

“As I’ve grown older, I’ve grown more convinced there’s nothing that shouldn’t be talked about. If we think we’re protecting each other, we’re not.”

– Jonathan Safran Foer

"I have many girls, believe me, and they all have a different name for me. One dubs me Baby, not because I am a baby, but because she attends to me. Another dubs me All Night. Do you want to know why? I have a girl who dubs me Currency, because I disseminate so much currency around her. She licks my chops for it."

Jonathan Safran Foer attended briefly the Mount Sinai School of Medicine before dropping out to pursue his writing career.

“To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.”

– Joan Didion

"October is the bad month for the wind, the month when breathing is difficult and the hills blaze up spontaneously. There has been no rain since April. Every voice seems a scream. It’s the season of suicide and divorce and prickly dread, wherever the wind blows."