Imagine sitting in Loki’s favourite spot in your shared apartment. You’re really engrossed in your favourite book, so much so that you don’t realise when he enters the room again. He takes the book from your hands, looking down at you unimpressed and gesturing for you to move. You sigh, giving him a blunt look and stand up to go and find another place to read, but before you’ve even taken a step, a strong arm curls around your waist and Loki pulls you back onto his lap as he sits you both down. Surprised and curling up to his embrace, he re-opens the book and begins to read to you, gently placing a kiss on the base of your neck.

I realized that without translators, I wouldn’t have been able to read such books near and dear to my heart as Crime and Punishment, Don Quixote, or Madame Bovary. Most terrifying, though, was the thought that I would never have discovered my favorite author of all time, Thomas Mann (since I still haven’t had the opportunity to learn German).
Jack Kerouac and his football career

Before he was known as a major American writer and the pioneer of the Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac was first known to be a football star. Of French-Canadian descent, Kerouac was born March 12,1922 in Massachusetts. One of Kerouac’s favorite pastimes was playing football. He started training and playing football in 1935 when he was just 13 years old.

In high school, he played as a running back in Lowell, became known as a football star player, and thereby earned scholarship from Columbia University in 1939 right after graduating.

In the university, during his first year, Kerouac gave his full effort to improving his gameplays; however, his coach Lou Little stopped him from pushing through when Kerouac suffered from a leg injury in a play.

The injury cost his scholarship, and caused him to drop out from the university. His writing career, on the other hand, flourished in the 1940′s. During World War II, Kerouac served shortly in the Navy.

Robert Pattinson: “If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.”
Brandon Hall: “The reason girls cant find a good guy is because they look in the wrong places, go to a library. Guys at party are just looking for the next girl to fuck.”

“I have not read most of the big 19th-century novels that people consider “essential,” nor most of the 20th-century ones for that matter. But this does not embarrass me. There are many films to see, many friends to visit, many walks to take, many playlists to assemble and many favorite books to reread. Life’s too short for anxious score-keeping. Also, my grandmother is illiterate, and she’s one of the best people I know. Reading is a deep personal consolation for me, but other things console, too.” ― Teju Cole

See Cole at PEN World Voices Festival