“For the briefest moments, his greatest fear in life was that a butterfly would get caught in the spokes of his bike.”
Sloane Crosley, The Clasp, (2015)
There are a lot of different themes at play in Sloane Crosley’s The Clasp, but I think for me the most compelling was the idea of letting go of the things that are holding you back, especially if they are things you want badly.
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“when I took up my pen, my hand made big, jerky letters like those of a child, and the lines sloped down the page from left to right almost diagonally, as if they were loops of string lying on the paper, and someone had come along and blown them away”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)
Picking a favourite line from The Bell Jar was almost impossible, because I had literally pages of them. I’m not usually one to mark up my books. I keep them in pristine condition, or at least as pristine as can be expected. But I had to keep track of the lines that caught my attention because they were just too good not to be documented.
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