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Gabrielle Zevin

But I believe good things happen every day. I believe good things happen even when bad things happen. And I believe on a happy day like today, we can still feel a little sad. And that’s life, isn’t it? — Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere. (Square Fish; Reprint edition, May 15, 2007)

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Jonathan Carroll

Old age arrives like the first days of fall. One afternoon you look up, or smell something in the air, and know instinctively things have changed. I suppose the same thing is true about our own death. Suddenly it’s near enough that we can smell it. — Jonathan Carroll, The Marriage of Sticks. (Tor Books;… Continue reading Jonathan Carroll

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Shane Jones

I wanted to write you a story about magic. I wanted rabbits appearing from hats. I wanted balloons lifting you into the sky. It turned out to be nothing but sadness, war, heartbreak. You never saw it, but there’s a garden inside me. ― Shane Jones, Light Boxes. (Publishing Genius Press; first edition, February 11,… Continue reading Shane Jones

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