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Heartbreakingly honest writer... “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism.

Anne Sexton. Her re-working of Grimm's fairy tales is brilliant. I recommend it.

"Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work." gustave flaubert

“You cannot teach creativity—how to become a good writer. But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.” -Mario Vargas Llosa

Somerset Maugham “I'd sooner be smashed into a mangled pulp by a bus when we cross the street than look forward to a life like yours.”

Young Franz Kafka. Franz Kafka (3 July 1883–3 June 1924), influential German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the 20th century's greatest authors. His works, such as "The Metamorphosis", "The Trial, and The Castle, are filled with the themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent–child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, and mystical transformations.

“Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.” --James Joyce, Ulysses

Harper Lee: American writer best known for her 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. It is Lee's only published book, but the critically-acclaimed bestseller made quite an impact on its own. Much of the book is autobiographical and details what Lee saw as a child growing up in the South. The powerful story deals with racial inequality and injustice in the Deep South.

"Drip, drip, drip, drip by day and night" | The Guardian | a brief survey of rain in British literature

the african-american poet, academic and activist, amiri baraka, who died yesterday at the age of 79, was an intellectual troublemaker, to be sure; and that's a compliment. • via the guardian • rest in peace, A.B.