Posts Tagged ‘excerpts’


The power of words…(very ominous isn’t it? Yeah, I just ruined it.)

November 19, 2008

I am a reader.
Descriptions of simple things affect me like no other.

So I’ve decided that this blog will become a place where I copy excerpts varying in length from whatever book I’m reading to share with all of you! I hope you appreciate them as much as I do and if not, learn to do that pronto. I’ll just have this blog recording witty, sad, expressive, pithy excerpts. I’m rather fond of that word, pithy. It means short but full of meaning. Not all of the excerpts will be short, though.

Of course, interspersed (that took forever to type correctly) will be rants and ramblings on whatever gets me riled up. I’m pretty placid right now, though. This blog will contain nothing too serious, I want to keep it light-hearted, very Mraz-esque of me, isn’t it? No long, mournful recaps of a good day gone horrible from the moment I missed the bus, no mention of the stress of my future. On this blog, those simply don’t exist.
Without further ado, Excerpt #1:
Once, on a morning after a particularly noisy night, Cathy and I were walking down Drake Street and we saw a crow standing in a puddle, motionless, the sky reflected on its surface so that it looked as though the crow was standing on the sky. Cathy then told me that she thinks that there is a secret world just underneath the surface of our own world. She said that the secret world was more important than the one we live in.
“Just imagine how surprised the fish would be,” she said, “if they know all the action going on just on the other side of the water. Or just imagine yourself being able to breathe underwater and living with the fish. The secret world is that close and it’s that different.”
I said that the secret world reminded me of the world of sleep where time and gravity and things like that don’t matter. She said that maybe they were both the same thing. (38)
-Life After God by Douglas Coupland

Excerpt #2:
Firearms isn’t really an issue in Europe, so when traveling abroad, my first question usually relates to barnyard animals. “What do your roosters say?” is a good icebreaker, as every country has its own unique interpretation. In Germany, where dogs bark “vow vow” and both the frog and the duck say “quack,” the rooster greets the dawn with a hearty “kik-a-riki.” Greek roosters crow “kiri-a-kee,” and in France they scream “coco-rico” which sounds like one of those horrible premixed cocktails with a pirate on the label. When told that an American rooster says, “cock-a-doodle-doo,” my hosts look at me with disbelief and pity. (146)
-Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris
Just a quick note about the numbers in parentheses. I used to do it as (pg _) but I’ve adapted to not writing those two letters this year in English class because it’s self-explanatory and I think it looks better with just the numbers. That paragraph was probably unnecessary, but there you have it. I’m not deleting it.

Alright, so this idea isn’t originally mine. LiveJournal is a beautiful place with communities for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you could possibly think of, unless you’re out-of-this-world obscure. I was browsing communities for books because I always want to have an ever-growing list to read which ends up being too long and I am left disappointed and indignant at not having enough time to read them all…but I found this one called Literary Quotes. Right there, hundreds and hundreds of quotes from books typed up by people from all over the country/world. I was trapped in it for a while, my finger automatically clicking “View 20 Past Entries” and jotted down the names of some authors for future reference. Each of these people regarded their chosen excerpt as special enough to take some time and type it up for the millions of internet browsers out there. Thus, I have my own Literary Quotes thing going on right here.

It’s a beautiful beginning!