“We tell stories to continue ourselves. We all think an exception is going to be made in our case, and we’re going to live forever. And being a human is actually arriving at the understanding that that’s not going to be. Story is there to just remind us that it’s just okay.”—Legendary PBS filmmaker Ken Burns on what makes a great story (via explore-blog)
“The creative act requires not only freedom but also this assumption of freedom. If the creative artist worries if he will still be free tomorrow, then he will not be free today.”—Salman Rushdieon censorship, for The New Yorker’s new Page-Turner blog. (via explore-blog)
According to a new study exploring the interrelation of language and emotion, if a word consists of letters typed with predominantly the right hand, it is felt to be more positive in meaning; a word typed predominantly with the left hand is associated more with negative emotion.
The study included speakers of English, Spanish, and Dutch, both left- and right-handed, but all users of QWERTY keyboard layouts. Even made-up words like boshe, cheethe, plake, and throog were given value judgments that aligned with how they’d be typed.
“I never used to understand why people bothered to hold hands as they walked, but then he runs one of his fingertips down my palm, and I shiver and understand it completely.”—Tris Prior, Divergent (via compelledbybooks)
(Those of you who follow me on more than one social media outlet: sorry for bombarding your life with this announcement!)
Book 3 of the Divergent Trilogy will be out sometime in Fall 2013. I’ll be sure to let you know when I have an actual firm release date, AND when I have an actual, firm title so that we can all stop calling it Detergent. Read more about this here.
(Actually, I suspect we’ll all keep calling it Detergent. Or at least, I will.)
Barbara Stewart’s THE IN-BETWEEN, a young adult psychological thriller in which 14-year-old Elanor’s near-death experience opens a door to a world inhabited by bold, beautiful Madeline—a girl who is everything she isn’t—and finds her life quickly spiraling out of control, to Vicki Lame at St. Martin’s, by Amy Tipton at Signature Literary Agency (World).