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Atonement, Ian McEwan

How can a novelist achieve atonement when, with her absolute power of deciding outcomes, she is also God? There is no one, no entity or higher form that she can appeal to, or be reconciled with, or that can forgive her. There is nothing outside her. In her imagination she has set the limits and the terms. No atonement for God, or novelists, even if they are atheists. It was always an impossible task, and that was precisely the point. The attempt was all.

Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut

Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne.

The History of Love, Nicole Krauss

When I got older I decided I wanted to be a real writer. I tried to write about real things. I wanted to describe the world, because to live in an undescribed world was too lonely.

Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon

This was the writer’s true doppelgänger, I thought; not some invisible imp of the perverse who watched you from the shadows, periodically appearing, dressed in your clothes and carrying your house keys, to set fire to your life; but rather the typical protagonist of your work — Roderick Usher, Eric Waldensee, Francis Macomber, Dick Diver — whose narratives at first reflected but in time came to determine your life’s very course.

Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov

We are absurdly accustomed to the miracle of a few written signs being able to contain immortal imagery, involutions of thought, new worlds with live people, speaking, weeping, laughing. We take it for granted so simply that in a sense, by the very act of brutish routine acceptance, we undo the work of the ages, the history of the gradual elaboration of poetical description and construction, from the treeman to Browning, from the caveman to Keats. What if we awake one day, all of us, and find ourselves utterly unable to read? I wish you to gasp not only at what you read but at the miracle of its being readable.

The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing

Words. Words. I play with words, hoping that some combination, even a chance combination, will say what I want. Perhaps better with music? But music attacks my inner ear like an antagonist, it’s not my world. The fact is, the real experience can’t be described. I think, bitterly, that a row of asterisks, like an old-fashioned novel, might be better. Or a symbol of some kind, a circle perhaps, or a square. Anything at all, but not words.


Aliya Mustafina - Floor Exercise - 2004

How cuuuute she was ♥

Little Champion :D

great britain national squad 2015 (x) - breaking through (3/5)

raer theaker (cardiff central)

2014 - commonwealth team bronze and bar finalist, british senior all around 4th, welsh senior all around and floor champion

2013 - senior welsh all around silver, senior british all around 6th and floor silver, glasgow world cup competitor 

2012 - junior european team 4th, junior british vault champion and floor bronze

2011 - junior british vault champion and bars bronze, youth commonwealth team, bars and beam silver

Fierce Five

I’m watching their Hall of Fame induction and this is just now occurring to me:

Gabby = Olympic All Around Champion

Aly = Olympic Floor Champion

Jordyn = World All Around Champion

Kyla = 5-time Worlds Medalist

McKayla = 2-time World Champion on Vault

Holy shit they’re all so amazing

Olympic pole vault champ jumps to support Boston 2024 bid

#OlympicGames #SummerOlympics [Stamford Advocate]BOSTON (AP) — Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr would consider sticking around for the 2024 Summer Games if she had a chance to compete in the United States. Suhr said on Tuesday that a Boston Olympics would give the Americans a big advantage.

great britain national squad 2015 (x) - gb stars (5/5)

claudia fragapane (bristol hawks)

2014 - european team silver and floor and vault finalist, commonwealth team, all around, vault and floor champion, world team 6th, all around 10th, vault and floor finalist, senior english vault champion and all around bronze, senior british vault silver and all around and bars bronze

2013 - world school games team bronze, massilia team bronze

2012 - junior british 5th all around and vault silver

2011 - junior british all around 8th and vault bronze, junior english all around 5th