There are books that one reads over and over again, books that become part of the furniture of one’s mind and alter one’s whole attitude to life, books that one dips into but never reads through, books that one reads at a single sitting and forgets a week later.
—George Orwell, A Collection of Essays (via observando)
It is a curious thing, but as one travels the world getting older and older, it appears that happiness is easier to get used to than despair. The second time you have a root beer float, for instance, your happiness at sipping the delicious concoction may not be quite as enormous as when you first had a root beer float, and the twelfth time your happiness may be still less enormous, until root beer floats begin to offer you very little happiness at all, because you have become used to the taste of vanilla ice cream and root beer mixed together. However, the second time you find a thumbtack in your root beer float, your despair is much greater than the first time, when you dismissed the thumbtack as a freak accident rather than part of the scheme of a soda jerk, a phrase which here means “ice cream shop employee who is trying to injure your tongue,” and by the twelfth time you find a thumbtack, your despair is even greater still, until you can hardly utter the phrase “root beer float” without bursting into tears. It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.
—Lemony Snicket, The End (via observando)
Tambourine clad Beck. In tears.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOME & MUSEUM
-KEY WEST, FLORIDA
This ornate, Spanish-style house is filled with Hemingway memorabilia from the more than 20 years in which he occupied the house. Hemingway’s typewriter is still there, as are numerous mounted heads and skins from his famed hunting trips in Africa.
In honor of the Nobel Prize-winning American writer’s birthday; we present his home and the present home to many six-toed cats
Nate Hudak - Cincinnati, OH