About Casper McFadden

en-ghost in books

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  • Casper shared from August: Osage County (TCG Edition) by Tracy Letts
    I don’t know what it says about me that I have a greater affinity with the damaged. Probably nothing good.
  • Casper shared from The Wall by Marlen Haushofer
    In cyclamen flowers the red of summer combines with the blue of autumn into a pinkish purple, and their fragrance recaptures all the sweetness of the past; but as you inhale it for longer, there is a quite different smell behind it: that of decay and death. I have always considered the cyclamen a strange and rather frightening flower.
    Note: I love how the cyclamen are described here.. It is a flower that means goodbye, too.
  • Casper shared from The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
    THE REMBRANDT LIGHT of memory, finicky and magical and faithful at the same time, as the cheaper tint of nostalgia never is. Much of the work of my life has been to sort instruction from illusion, and, in the endless picture gallery behind the eye, I have learned to rely on a certain radiance of a detail to bring back the exactitude of a moment.
    Note: Ah! Those scintillation of shadow and light
  • Casper shared from The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
    “When you play a fiddle, you want music to come out, don’t you, even though it takes a set of strings that once inhabited the inside of a cat.”
    Note: gut strings do hold their sound quality quite nicely...for those need-to-know
  • Casper shared from The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
    “The Bible!” Brother Jubal was shouting as he brandished that item. “I ask you, brothers and sisters, the one question that shall be asked at the gates of salvation: what use have you made of this powerful book? If you can only answer that you have held it over your head to stop a nosebleed—well, then, I’ll tell you, friends, you are in everlasting trouble.”
    Note: Let me just say - this does not stop a nosebleed.
  • Casper shared from The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
    life had unfairly deposited Carnelia Craig among unruly peasants such as us instead of putting her in charge of, say, Russia.
  • Casper shared from The Complete Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith by Oliver Goldsmith
    Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see, My heart untravell'd fondly turns to thee;
  • Casper shared from An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
    Death is a dignitary who when he comes announced is to be received with formal manifestations of respect, even by those most familiar with him.
  • Casper shared from A Wilder Rose: A Novel by Susan Wittig Albert
    “I’m sure of one thing,” she said earnestly. “It hurts to—to let go of anything beautiful. But something will come to take its place, something different, of course, but better. The future’s always better than we can possibly think it will be . . . We ought to live confidently. Because whatever’s ahead, it’s going to be better than we’ve had.” Rose Wilder Lane Diverging Roads
  • Casper shared from West with the Night by Beryl Markham
    ‘There’s an old adage,’ he said, ‘translated from the ancient Coptic, that contains all the wisdom of the ages — “Life is life and fun is fun, but it’s all so quiet when the goldfish die.”
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Casper McFadden