“In the books, I found him to be a much more understanding guy. I feel that he really likes people a little bit more than I had seen recently — not that he can necessarily communicate that very well. He likes the underdog, and he likes people who are downtrodden, who are having a hard time. He generally wants to help. I found him to be a much more helpful person, so I tried to put a bit of that in, even though he doesn’t quite pull it off.”—Jonny Lee Miller on specific Sherlock Holmes traits from the books that haven’t been so prominent in past iterations, like BBC’s Sherlock or the Sherlock Holmes film franchise.
“So how reliable are they ? This is a murky area, made murkier by Arthur “Continuity” Doyle and by Sherlock Holmes himself, the Master Secret-Keeper and Emotion-Repressor, King of All Reticence, Snark Factory, Prankster, Liar, Master of Disguise, Chap Who Employs Aloof Humor as the Ultimate Waterproofing Against Strong Sentiment, Man Whose Childhood Has Been Stricken from the Record Due to Reasons Unknown, Mr. “I Never Knew You Had a Brother” Holmes, Whoops ! I Died That One Time, etc., etc.”—A glowing description of one Sherlock Holmes by the wonderful Lyndsay Faye in response to a question asked to the Baker Street Babes.
“Some writing doesn’t brush up against sentimentality as often as other writing. But whatever ‘bad’ edge your writing brushes up against, I think it’s important to touch it. You can always pull back from it, but at least you know where it is. It’s like when I was a dancer, we were always encouraged to fall in rehearsal, so that you could know what the tipping point of any given movement was. That way, when you did it on the stage, you could be sure you were taking it to the edge without falling on your face. It sounds like a cliché, but really it’s just physics — if you don’t touch the fulcrum, you’ll never gain a felt sense of it, and your movement will be impoverished for it.”—Maggie Nelson, in response to ‘Is it important to risk sentimentality?’ in an interview with Genevieve Hudson for Bookslut
“I’ve wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but I still love life. That ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our most pernicious inclinations. What could be more stupid to persist in carrying a burden that we constantly want to cast off, to hold our existence in horror, yet cling to it nonetheless, to fondle the serpent that devours us, until it has eaten our heart?”—from Candide, by Voltaire
“There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting. Consider this utterly commonplace situation: a man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. Automatically he slows down. Meanwhile, a person who wants to forget a disagreeable
incident he has just lived through starts unconsciously to speed up his pace, as if he were trying to distance himself from a thing still too close to him in time.
In existential mathematics, that experience takes the form of two basic equations: the degree of slowness is directly proportion to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting.”—Milan Kundera, Slowness
When in doubt, tea. When happy, tea. When cold, tea. When sad, tea. When sick, tea. When no inspiration, tea. When have to leave bed, tea. When supposed to be doing homework, tea. When scheming to take over world, tea. When summoning minor demon, tea. When accidentally starting apocalypse, tea.
“Get out of bed, make a hot drink and go outside. You owe yourself that much. Maybe you still cry in far too many public bathrooms, but I swear, you stay a few seconds less every time. Smile at strangers if it’s all you can do, know that life doesn’t start when the sun rises or the credits roll but when you decide it’s time to go after what you deserve, and you deserve everything because we are alive both only once and a million times every day and every minute is something new to learn and someone new to love, and if it all crashes and burns as it so often does cling on to hope through it all and don’t ever ever ever let it go. Start your life again whenever you need to. Repeat after me: it is not yet the end. It is not yet the end. It is not yet the end.”—A Greater Reality