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A diagram of the movement of the Moon around the Earth (seen here) and a recipe for invisible ink await you in Mary Smith’s Commonplace Book. Help us make Mary’s journal of scientific inquiry more accessible by becoming a digital volunteer at the Smithsonian Transcription Center.
 
The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain, but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire. You might find it difficult to see anything but your own sadness, the way smoke can cover a landscape so that all anyone can see is black. You may find that if someone pours water all over you, you are damp and distracted, but not cured of your sadness, the way a fire department can douse a fire but never recover what has been burnt down. Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning (via pavorst)
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There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts. Neil Gaiman (via aphelia)
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She ran the back of her hand along the first shelf, listening to the shuffle of her fingernails gliding across the spinal chord of each book. It sounded like an instrument, or the notes of running feet. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief (via thebooker)
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lastnightsreading:

Jess Row at Book Court, 8/14/14
historiful:

Actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), with playwright Arthur Miller (1915-2005), date unknown.
vintagegal:

Marilyn Monroe photographed by Andre De Dienes, 1953
hoodoothatvoodoo:

Photo by Karen Radkai
Vogue 1956