One felt as if there was an enormous well behind them, filled up with ages of memory and long, slow, steady thinking; but their surface was sparkling with the present; like sun shimmering on the outer leaves of a vast tree, or on the ripple of a very deep lake. I don’t know, but it felt as if something grew in the ground-asleep, you might say, or just feeling itself as something between root-tip and leaf-tip, between deep earth and sky-had suddenly waked up, and was considering you with the same slow care that it had given to its own inside affairs for endless years. Pippin describing Treebread’s eyes | J.R.R Tolkien
once the quietness arrived, it stayed and spread in Estha. it reached out of his head and enfolded him in its swampy arms. it rocked him to the rhythm of an ancient, fetal heartbeat. it sent its stealthy, suckered tentacles inching along the insides of his skull, hoovering the knolls and dells of his memory, dislodging old sentences, whisking them off the tip of his tongue. it stripped his thoughts of the words that described them and left them pared and naked. unspeakable. numb. and to an observer therefore, perhaps barely there. slowly, over the years, Estha withdrew from the world. he grew accustomed to the uneasy octopus that lived inside him and squirted its inky tranquilizer on his past. gradually the reason for his silence was hidden away, entombed somewhere deep in the soothing folds of the fact of it. | Arundhati Roy
Dinner: asparagus broiled in soy and teriyaki sauce (farmers market), garlic-y swiss chard (farmers market), penne in a tomato basil sauce with italian herb spiced “sausage”, and baked rosemary bread. Ohhhhh god.
My hemp backpack finally took the plunge today after 3 years. Does anyone have suggestions on where to shop for backpacks that are semi-fashionable and affordable (under $100!)? I would really like to avoid Urban Outfitters or any place that uses real leather. Thank you!