Books

But it occurred to me that maybe if I began (or, to be honest, continued) super-producing both asked-for and unasked-for recordings of my uke covers as gifts, I could possibly help jump-start a creative gift economy that would spill over into the larger world of exchange.

Barbara Browning, The Gift

"The Hyena is exactly what Elisabeth had been expecting: a brazen invertebrate, the worst kind of person this age has produced. Abject beings, flaunting their lack of grace, and proud to live like animals. One doesn't even think of Satan on seeing her approach: he would choose a more impressive shape. Not this long, slim, flexible body, stupidly pleased with itself."

-Virginie Despentes, Apocalypse Baby

Reading delivers on the promise that sex raises but hardly ever can fulfill -- getting large cause you're entering another person's language, cadence, heart and mind.

Chris Kraus, I Love Dick

"I can make two or three hundred bucks a day hanging out with these dudes, or $7.50 an hour."

Problems, Jade Sharma

"Sometimes it’s fun to know no one at a party — some other high school’s kegger or an asshole’s blowout in a posh hotel — but a casual champagne engagement brunch in someone’s apartment on a Sunday morning isn't one of them. "

-Beth Lisick, “Engagement Party” from Yokohama Threeway