proofreadingbooks

proofreadingbooks:

The literature: Jess Walter’s BEAUTIFUL RUINS

The libation: It’s hard to go wrong with a pairing for this novel, which spans half a century and half the globe. But for true elegance, class, color, and straight-up audacity, your perfect cocktail for Walter’s astonishing book is the Elizabeth Taylor.

Stir together 4oz chilled champagne and 3/4oz Crème De Viollete and pour into a champagne glass. Garnish with an Amarena cherry. Find yourself transported to Cinque Terre, to LA, to Edinburgh, to Seattle, to Idaho. Fall in love.

Bonus drinking game: finish your drink when Richard Burton shows up. God knows he would have.

Photo © YCW

Me, earlier today: “I haven’t done Beautiful Ruins yet?! HOW HAVE I NOT DONE BEAUTIFUL RUINS YET?!”

slaughterhouse90210
slaughterhouse90210:

“All we have is the story we tell. Everything we do, every decision we make, our strength, weakness, motivation, history, and character—what we believe—none of it is real; it’s all part of the story we tell.”—Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins

Everything I’ve ever loved, together in one Tumblr post. Maris, you are a god.

slaughterhouse90210:

“All we have is the story we tell. Everything we do, every decision we make, our strength, weakness, motivation, history, and character—what we believe—none of it is real; it’s all part of the story we tell.”
—Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins

Everything I’ve ever loved, together in one Tumblr post. Maris, you are a god.

slaughterhouse90210
slaughterhouse90210:

“But if you really want my side of the story, here it is: Who isn’t crazy sometimes? Who hasn’t driven around a block hoping a certain person will come out; who hasn’t haunted a certain coffee shop, or stared obsessively at an old picture; who hasn’t toiled over every word in a letter, taken four hours to write a two-sentence email, watched the phone praying that it will ring; who doesn’t lay awake at night sick with the image of her sleeping with someone else?”—Jess Walter, We Live in Water

YES.

slaughterhouse90210:

“But if you really want my side of the story, here it is: Who isn’t crazy sometimes? Who hasn’t driven around a block hoping a certain person will come out; who hasn’t haunted a certain coffee shop, or stared obsessively at an old picture; who hasn’t toiled over every word in a letter, taken four hours to write a two-sentence email, watched the phone praying that it will ring; who doesn’t lay awake at night sick with the image of her sleeping with someone else?”
—Jess Walter, We Live in Water

YES.

nprfreshair
nprfreshair:

Maureen Corrigan: “I have weeks, as a book reviewer, where I feel like Claire. Those are the weeks when it seems like every new book is a riff on Jane Austen, or a young adult vampire/warrior/shape-shifter fantasy, or yet another homage to dead dogs. And then a literary miracle like Beautiful Ruins appears, and once again I’m a believer.”

I found myself dog-earing pages as I read this book, which I never do - and one of the pages I turned down contained this wonderful, succinct, cutting, sad line:

"What business does memory have with time?"

nprfreshair:

Maureen Corrigan: “I have weeks, as a book reviewer, where I feel like Claire. Those are the weeks when it seems like every new book is a riff on Jane Austen, or a young adult vampire/warrior/shape-shifter fantasy, or yet another homage to dead dogs. And then a literary miracle like Beautiful Ruins appears, and once again I’m a believer.”

I found myself dog-earing pages as I read this book, which I never do - and one of the pages I turned down contained this wonderful, succinct, cutting, sad line:

"What business does memory have with time?"