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Illiterate Swine

Ask me anything   Submit   Morbid pseudo-Socrates with a verbosity problem,possibly a mood disorder and some miserable expectations and wild hopes thrown in too. My names maham. I'm from Pakistan.

So self preservation has finally kicked in and I’ve decided to abandon my strategy of reading through two Tennessee Williams plays in the space of twelve hours. One is enough to turn you into a complete raving lunatic but bloody hell could he write.

— 3 months ago with 4 notes
#tennesse williams  #literature  #drama  #a streetcar named desire  #the glass menagerie  #madness 

“There is something sustaining in the very agitation that accompanies the first shocks of trouble, just as an acute pain is often a stimulus, and produces an excitement which is transient strength. It is in the slow, changed life that follows—in the time when sorrow has become stale, and has no longer an emotive intensity that counteracts its pain—in the time when day follows day in dull unexpectant sameness, and trial is a dreary routine—it is then that despair threatens; it is then that the peremptory hunger of the soul is felt, and eye and ear are strained after some unlearned secret of our existence, which shall give to endurance the nature of satisfaction.” 

― George EliotThe Mill on the Floss

— 7 months ago with 2 notes
#george eliot  #lit  #literature 
"The major problem - ONE of the major problems,for there are several - one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it ; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
To summarize; it is a well-known fact that those people who must WANT to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made president should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary; people are a problem.
And so this is the situation we find: a succession of Galactic Presidents who so much enjoy the fun and palaver of being in power that they very rarely notice that they’re not.
And somewhere in the shadows behind them - who ?
Who can possibly rule if no one who wants do it can be allowed it ?"
Douglas Adams (maham is crying with laughter this man is a genius)
— 8 months ago with 2 notes
#douglas adams  #politics  #literature  #presidents  #omgyes 
"The characters in my novels are my own unrealized possibilities. That is why i am equally fond of them all and equally horrified by them. Each one has crossed a border that I myself have circumvented. It is that crossed border (the border beyond which my own ‘I’ ends) which attracts me most. for beyond that border begins the secret the novel asks about. The novel is not the author’s confession ; it is an investigation of human life in the rap the world has become"
Milan Kundera 
— 8 months ago with 16 notes
#the unbearable lightness of being  #milan kundera  #literature 

We can never establish with certainty what part of our relations with others is the result of our emotions - love,antipathy,charity or malice - and what part is predetermined by the constant power play among individuals. True human goodness , in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind’s true moral test,it’s fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are it its mercy

- Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

— 8 months ago
#the unbearable lightness of being  #milan kundera  #literature 
"Kitsch is the absolute denial of shit,in both the literal and figurative senses of the word ; kitsch excludes everything from its purview which is essentially unacceptable in human existence…"
Milan Kundera - The Unbearable Lightness of Being 
— 8 months ago with 2 notes
#milan kundera  #literature  #the unbearable lightness of being 

one reviewer calls infinite jest a ‘quagmire of pretentiousness’ HAHAHAHA. A tad over board , the dude can craft beautiful sentences and im not much of a whinger when it comes to ‘being told a story’ , i think the most accurate literature is just something, anything CONVEYED. but there’s just no context like i do not have a clue not even a pretentious metaphor or anything. i never write about what im reading on here but i NEVER leave a book unfinished like that so BEAR WITH ME OKAY this is how i deal with guilt. 

— 9 months ago with 1 note
#infinite jest  #dfw  #david foster wallace  #literature 

ok seriously has any other literary minded fool like myself tried to read infinite jest and just failed terribly and come away weeping and making choking noises because it’s purty writing but i just dont know what’s going on anymore he lost me at page 84 and this is coming from the QUEEN OF ABSTRACT REASONING. This shit makes Kafka and Woolf look logical and very much sane. i could stand 5 page descriptions of some dead russian harping on about a woman sleeping either Wallace is God or my neurons have been fried. i mean you owe your reader SOME coherency no ? oh god *tremble* *lip wobble* 

— 9 months ago with 1 note
#infinite jest  #literature  #reading  #WHAT 
"“And I feel that I am a man. And I feel that a man is a very important thing - maybe more important than a star. This is not theology. I have not bent toward gods. But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed - because ‘Thou mayest.’” (timshel)"
John Steinbeck (East of Eden) 
— 9 months ago with 17 notes
#east of eden  #john steinbeck  #literature  #fiction  #timshel 
southsideblues:

Saadat Hasan Manto reads, chews his pencil. In the tradition of Awesome People Reading.

southsideblues:

Saadat Hasan Manto reads, chews his pencil. In the tradition of Awesome People Reading.

— 9 months ago with 10 notes
#literature  #saadat hasan manto  #urdu writers  #reading  #omgyes