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notlikeothers253 is doing 29 things including…

post 25 of my favorite book passages

20 cheers


notlikeothers253 has written 3 entries about this goal

Paper Towns, pp. 259-260

“The minivan has become a kind of very small house: I am sitting in the passenger seat, which is the den. This is, I think, the best room in the house: there is plenty of space, and the chair is quite comfortable.

Scattered about the carpet beneath the passenger seat is the office, which contains a map of the United States Ben got at the BP, the directions I printed out, and the scrap paper onto which Radar had scrawled his calculations about speed and distance.

Radar is sitting in the driver’s seat. The living room. It is a lot like the den, only you can’t be as relaxed when you’re there. Also, it’s cleaner.

Between the living room and the den, we have the center console, or kitchen. Here we keep a plentiful supply of beef jerky and GoFast bars and this magical energy drink called Bluefin, which Lacey put on the shopping list….The first bench seat is the first bedroom. It’s the less desirable bedroom, because it is close to the kitchen and the living room, where people are awake and talking, and sometime there is music on the radio.

Behind that is the second bedroom, which is darker and quieter and altogether superior to the first bedroom.

And behind that there’s the refrigerator, or cooler, which currently contains the 210 beers that Ben has not yet peed into, the turkey-that-looks-like-ham sandwiches, and some Coke.

There is so much to recommend this house. It is carpeted throughout. It has central air-conditioning and heating. The whole place is wired for surround sound. Admittedly, it contains only fifty-five square feet of living space. But you can’t beat the open floor plan.”

Not much to say about this, other than that I thought it was one of the coolest metaphors ever. I mean, what a clever and fascinating way to look at a car during a road trip!

Lola and the Boy Next Door, p. 227

”...I’m telling you this now. I will never forget that mechanical bird you made. The one that only sand when you opened its cage door?...Or the fifty-step Rube Goldberg machine that sharpened a pencil? Or that insane train of dominoes that took you two weeks to set up, but was over in a minute? It was incredible. Just because something isn’t practical doesn’t mean it’s not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.”

First off, I love this paragraph because it’s so adorable and romantic in context. But also, it’s just a really good thing to keep in mind, because sometimes I worry about appreciating things that are impractical as well. And on top of that, I would kind of love to see those last two inventions. :D

Paper Towns, p. 194

“You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves. I mean, I could hate you for being massively unpunctual and for never being interested in anything other than Margo Roth Spiegelman, and for, like, never asking what’s going on with my girlfriend—but I don’t give a shit, man, because you’re you. My parents have a shit ton of black Santas, but that’s okay. They’re them. I’m too obsessed with a reference Web site to answer my phone sometimes when my friends call, or my girlfriend. That’s okay, too. That’s me. You like me anyway. And I like you. You’re funny, and you’re smart, and you may show up late, but you always show up eventually.”

Practical, humbling, and definitely resonant with real life. No one’s perfect, but that’s not a reason to hate everybody. That’s an important thing to keep in mind in life.

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