Thursday, September 20, 2012

a life worthy of being storied

The girl who reads has spun out the account of her life and it is bursting with meaning. She insists that her narratives are rich, her supporting cast colorful, and her typeface bold. 
-Charles Warnke "You Should Date An Illiterate Girl"


Sometimes you find little snippets of literature that describe your life philosophies.
I.e., these few:

"An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. An adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered."
"You are to be a light-bearer. You are to choose the light."
"Love never fails."

But then sometimes you find a piece that describes who you are. Who you want to be.

 a girl who reads possesses a vocabulary that can describe that amorphous discontent as a life unfulfilled—a vocabulary that parses the innate beauty of the world and makes it an accessible necessity instead of an alien wonder.

Imagine: writing words, crafting phrases that expose the world for the miracle that it is, that paint the world in colors irresistible, uncover the magic that hides in everyday moments.  

a girl who reads understands syntax. Literature has taught her that moments of tenderness come in sporadic but knowable intervals. A girl who reads knows that life is not planar; she knows, and rightly demands, that the ebb comes.


I fell in love with You Should Date an Illiterate Girl so long ago. The piece is a striking juxtaposition between a drab, run-of-the-mill life and a life full of passion, love, beauty and simply 
life. (And the satire slices through the piece like a stiletto.)

She will make her life like her favorite book
 The life the author describes at the beginning is so safe: so nauseatingly safe. Your heart will never be broken, your limits will never be pushed. You will float, and drift and everything will be easy. So stiflingly easy. But it lacks the poetry and the passion that makes life worth the living.
Girls who read are the storytellers.

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