anonymous asked:

*curtsies* Hello! I just read an ARC of Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed, which is a retelling of The Tempest, and I pretty much thought of you and your blog almost the entire time, haha. You should definitely check it out when it comes out (or beforehand), as it seems like something you might enjoy!

*Curtsies* I actually already have a galley and it’s at the top of my TBR list because I’m actually going to hear Ms. Atwood have a chat with Emma Smith in Oxford in November. In other news, I don’t know why NetGalley keeps giving me stuff, because I am HILARIOUSLY behind.

Whenever people ask me that inevitable question, “Who’s your favourite author?” I always say “Shakespeare”. There are some good reasons for that. First, so much of what we know about plots, characters, the stage, fairies and inventive swearwords comes from Shakespeare. Second, if you name a living author the other living authors will be mad at you because it isn’t them, but Shakespeare is conveniently dead.
—  Margaret Atwood (on rewriting Shakespeare’s Tempest)

We should meet in another life, we should meet in air, me and you.

Sylvia Plath

I exist in two places, here and where you are.

Margaret Atwood

Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies.

David Mitchell

I’m kissing you now—across the gap of a thousand years.

Marina Tsvetaeva

Come back! Even as a shadow, even as a dream.

Euripides (tr. Anne Carson)

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
—  Margaret Atwood