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The Great Stories

“The secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.”

Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

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New York, 2017

(*)If you get lonely give this song another listen, close your eyes

 

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Lo raro es vivir

“Es que es todo muy raro, en cuanto te fijas un poco. Lo raro es vivir. Que estemos aquí sentados, que hablemos y se nos oiga, poner una frase detrás de otra sin mirar ningún libro, que no nos duela nada, que lo que bebemos entre por el camino que es y sepa cuándo tiene que torcer, que nos alimente el aire y a otros ya no, que según el antojo de las vísceras nos den ganas de hacer una cosa o la contraria y que de esas ganas dependa a lo mejor el destino, es mucho a la vez, tú, no se abarca, y lo más raro es que lo encontramos normal.”

Carmen Martín Gaite, Lo raro es vivir

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Barcelona, 2017

(*)Barcelona, how can I forget

También esto pasará

“Y sin embargo la luz rosada y blanca de la mañana, el aire diáfano y el mar reluciente y tranquilo desmienten todas las tragedias del mundo y se empeñan en afirmar que somos felices y que lo tenemos todo.”

Milena Busquets, También esto pasará

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Sitges, 2017

(*)No sé si estoy despierto o tengo los ojos abiertos

Bluets

“The half-circle of blinding turquoise ocean is this love’s primal scene. That this blue exists makes my life a remarkable one, just to have seen it. To have seen such beautiful things. To find oneself placed in their midst. Choiceless.”

“I have been trying to place myself in a land of great sunshine, and abandon my will therewith.”

Maggie Nelson, Bluets

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Sant Pol de Mar, 2017

(*)Summer slipped us underneath her tongue

Maneras de vivir

“En ciertos momentos de confusión en los que uno no sabe qué dirección tomar, y va avanzando con el alma turbada y rota, conviene echar la vista atrás, muy atrás, para entender quiénes somos y hacia dónde vamos. Apretar la tecla de rebobinar, ver nuestra vida en dirección contraria, pararla en un momento determinado que tal vez pasara inadvertido, pero que, visto desde el presente, destella como una revelación y explica mucho de lo que somos.”

Javier Aznar, ¿Dónde vamos a bailar esta noche?

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Pompeya, 2017

(*)Don’t look back in anger, I heard you say

 

Skyscrapers and statues

“did you think i was a city
big enough for a weekend getaway
i am the town surrounding it
the one you’ve never heard of
but always pass through
there are no neon lights here
no skyscrapers or statues
but there is thunder
for i make bridges tremble”

Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

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Barcelona, 2017

(*)Cause I’ve been scared of crowded places

Story of Your Life

“I thought to myself, the ray of light has to know where it will ultimately end up before it can choose the direction to begin moving in. I knew what it reminded me of.”

“We experienced events in an order, and perceived their relationship as cause and effect. They experienced all events at once, and perceived a purpose underlying them all. A minimizing, maximizing purpose.”

Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others

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Empordà, 2017

(*)And thousands upon thousands made an ocean

From lost to found

“There’s no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another. What leads to what. What destroys what. What causes what to flourish or die or take another course.”

“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”

Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

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Rio de Janeiro, 2015

(*)Send me on my way

Magical Thinking

“Yet I had always at some level apprehended, because I was born fearful, that some events in life would remain beyond my ability to control or manage them. Some events would just happen. This was one of those events. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.”

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

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Lago di Como, 2016

(*)Giving in, like I’m staring at the sun

2016: a year in books

  • Me ha marcadoA Little Life, de Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday).
  • Descubrimiento literario del añoReparar a los vivos, de Maylis de Kerangal (Anagrama).
  • Me ha hecho reír: Heartburn, de Nora Ephron (Vintage).
  • Me ha hecho llorar: Grief is the Thing with Feathers, de Max Porter (Faber).
  • He leído en la playa: Station Eleven, de Emily St. John Mandel (Vintage).
  • He leído escuchando música: Instrumental, de James Rhodes (Blackie Books).
  • He leído en un avión: The Uncommon Reader de Alan Bennett (Faber).
  • Me ha perturbado: Hausfrau, de Jill Alexander Essbaum (Pan Macmillan).
  • Me ha generado preguntas: The Argonauts, de Maggie Nelson (Melville House).
  • Me ha emocionado: Our Chemical Hearts, de Krystal Sutherland (Hot Key Books).
  • He leído sin poder parar: Luckiest Girl Alive, de Jessica Knoll (Simon & Schuster) y Me Before You, de Jojo Moyes (Michael Joseph).
  • Me ha decepcionado: Me llamo Lucy Barton, de Elizabeth Strout (Duomo).
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    Cuba, 2016

    (*)You’ve got to read, but you don’t wanna reach the end