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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print…

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

This one’s being added to the favourites list.

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My Life on the Road.

If I could, I would leave an open space for your story on every page.

Gloria Steinem leads an interesting life and has so many entertaining stories to tell and lessons learned to share. I especially enjoyed the format of the book – how she tells her stories in short anecdotes throughout. In the same way that I’m now going to share my favourite quotes with you..

I wonder: If you think of someone you love, do you become a little more like them? I would like to think so.

If you do anything people care about, people will take care of you.

Just pause, let the audience absorb the hostility, then say, ‘I didn’t pay him to say that’.

Wildflower 

… I love my life and it takes every step to get to where you are, and if you are happy, then God bless the hard times it took you to get there. No life is without them, so what are yours, and what did you do with the lessons? That is the only way to live. 

Drew Barrymore, for a young life that was a little tough, has a very positive outlook on life. And this book, to put it simply, made me happy. And what’s life without a little happiness? There’s her dedication to her work, and the importance of giving it your all:

Work takes giving it your all, or it will not get done right. You have to kill yourself. Do your homework. Exhaust yourself. Focus on every detail. You have to put all of yourself into something with your heart, and your gut instinct, your personal taste and your belief, or it will not get done right. Which can lead to failure. Even if that failure is just knowing that you cut corners. And that is not an option. 

And her loyalty to her friends.. 

… I once knew a boy name Adam. And I hoped that we could be a team, but what I found was a true partner. I now know a man named Adam, and trust me when I say, he is as great as you want him to be. 

Then there’s the love she shows for her daughters and the warm fuzzy feeling you get reading about how she met her husband:

Something changed right there and then. Here was this cute nice man who I knew well enough to know he was a good person. The training wheels were off and all of a sudden he didn’t look like fun. He looked real. […] .. The feeling in the air was obvious. 

Endlessly quotable. I’ll be coming back to this one again and again. 

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

Neil Gaiman has recorded a seminar for the Long Now Foundation, on how stories last. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but did read this excerpt in Brain Pickings Weekly...

We will do an awful lot for stories – we will endure an awful lot for stories. And stories, in their turn – like some kind of symbiote – help us endure and make sense of our lives.