Nicky Hornby’s Top 40 books

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you’d better

Martin Scorsese on Michael Powell (via Some Came Running):

He reassured that in me most of all: You believe in an idea, a concept, a story, a statement you want to make, and that’s the foundation of the film. You do not waver from it. Whether it takes you all the way down, whether it takes you to the edge, then pushes you off, even to the point of not making another film for thirty years, you do not waver. You’d better make that picture, even if you know it’s suicide.


i made a mistake and it’s been rectified.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

pg. 306-

Then the last lines of the song came back to Mistress Owens, and she sang them to her son.

“Face your life
Its pain, its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken.”

that’s how

Leonard Cohen’s Anthem (via NYT):

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

beats me


What does the doctor do when someone comes in with an anal problem?

die cannot eat nice nice

The Economist:

The first Western cookbook appeared a little more than 1,600 years ago. “De re coquinara” (concerning cookery) is attributed to a Roman gourmet named Apicius who, legend has it, poisoned himself upon learning that he could no longer afford to eat fancy food.