Literature from a remote place. ◊ ◊ ◊ Our most recent book is The Mask Game, a novel of the distant future by Ukrainian author Sergey Gerasimov, featuring fairy tale figures, aliens, tree genetics and fourteen twists of fate.


A daydreamer is prepared for most things.

Joyce Carol Oates (via doctoruth)

Oates is a contributor to Upper Rubber Boot’s anthology Apocalypse Now (Amazon ebook / print; B&N; iStore; Kobo).

Who do you love?
It’s a question anyone should be able to answer. A question that defines a life, creates a future, guides most minutes of one’s days. Simple, elegant encompassing.
Who do you love?

Lisa Gardner, Love You More (via books365)

If I am the chief of sinners, I am the chief of sufferers also.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (via quotemybooks)

Don’t ever underestimate people, don’t ever underestimate the pleasure they receive from viewing pain that is not their own… Pain by itself is just Pain. But Pain + Distance can = entertainment, voyeurism, human interest, cinéma vérité, a good belly chuckle, a sympathetic smile, a raised eyebrow, disguised contempt.

Zadie Smith, White Teeth (via octogatita)

My second observation was that the degraded setting we identify as American urban civilization was in fact merely another form of nature itself: amoral, unpredictable, buzzing, florid, frenzied, terrifying. A place where men die the same useless deaths as did the tortoises and finches noted by Charles Darwin. A gridded battle-ground where I stood to the side with my paper and pen, watching the cannon fire and the flash and roar, recording who fell, how they writhed, and when they died.

Colin Harrison, Manhattan Nocturne (via books365)