storms of fabled foreign tongues

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The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
Ursula K. Le Guin (via bookmania)

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Writers are said to have superstitions and little rituals. Readers have them too. Mine was to hold my bookmark curled between my fingers and stroke it with my thumb as I read.
Sweet Tooth, Ian McEwan (via emccarthy)

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