"That’s how you can tell that you’re filling yourself with the wrong things. You use a lot of energy, and in the end, you feel emptier and less comfortable than ever."
"“Goodnight Moon” does two things right away: It sets up a world and then it subverts its own rules even as it follows them. It works like a sonata of sorts, but, like a good version of the form, it does not follow a wholly predictable structure. Many children’s books do, particularly for this age, as kids love repetition and the books supply it. They often end as we expect, with a circling back to the start, and a fun twist. This is satisfying but it can be forgettable. Kids — people — also love depth and surprise, and “Goodnight Moon” offers both."
Aimee Bender, "What Writers Can Learn From ‘Goodnight Moon’"
"Goodnight Moon" was my favorite book as a child. My parents read it to me every night, and I loved it dearly - so much, in fact, that I had memorized the words on each page and the page turns by age 3, convincing my family’s friends that I was a baby genius. It made me love reading. Maybe it made me love writing, too.
Ugh, stunner. Can I pull this haircut off? I don’t think I can pull this haircut off.
Song of the day: Rufus Wainwright - Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk
It seems it’s time for my biannual marathon listening of this song and only this song.