"Pynchon novels, like certain dishes, tend to suffer only from excessive explanation. I advocate surrender to Pynchon; letting your mind toss on the wild currents of his language is a lot more enjoyable than treating his novels like puzzles, wondering where the pieces fit: Who is Rachel Owlglass? Why are we in Egypt? Just enjoy the bumps—or try to."
"There’s a strong sense here in the culture that it’s not all about individual achievement. It’s about […] a sense of collective good. And the collective culture here, the culture of care and concern for others, the culture of intellectualism with respect, is among the strongest I’ve seen on any campus."
President Clayton Spencer, in a student-conducted interview on the Bates radio station WRBC. (via batescollege)
"Coffee is far more than a beverage. It is an invitation to life, disguised as a cup of warm liquid. It’s a trumpet wake-up call or a gentle rousing hand on your shoulder…Coffee is an experience, an offer, a rite of passage, a good excuse to get together."
being told i was smart and above average from a young age was probably one of the worst things to happen to me because now i have a complex and question my entire existence when i dont excel at something right away