About Casper McFadden

en-ghost in books

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  • Casper shared from If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino
    It’s not that you expect anything in particular from this particular book. You’re the sort of person who, on principle, no longer expects anything of anything. There are plenty, younger than you or less young, who live in the expectation of extraordinary experiences: from books, from people, from journeys, from events, from what tomorrow has in store. But not you. You know that the best you can expect is to avoid the worst.
  • Casper shared from Lisa, A Chess Novel by Jesse Kraai
    we can measure ourselves in the game. In real life, our thoughts flow out of us like water. We don’t know if they will be understood, or where they will go. At some point they evaporate, like my voice in this room.”
    Note: that's where my thoughts go - they evaporate
  • Casper shared from The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis
    Beth looked at Jolene’s good, beautiful face with all the remarkable hair and the long black eyelashes and the full lips, and the self-consciousness dropped away from her with a relief that was physical in its simplicity. She smiled broadly. “It’s good to see you.” What she wanted to say was, “I love you.”
  • Casper shared from The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis
    She decided not to take the offered pawn, to leave the tension on the board. She liked it like that. She liked the power of the pieces, exerted along files and diagonals. In the middle of the game, when pieces were everywhere, the forces crisscrossing the board thrilled her. She brought out her king’s knight, feeling its power spread.
  • Casper shared from The Rescuer (Kindle Single) by Dara Horn
    "I think that devaluing rescuers who only do a little bit is a way for the person who does nothing to make himself feel less guilty," he told me. "You judge a mission by what it accomplished, not by what it didn't accomplish."
  • Casper shared from Going Nowhere: A Life in Six Videogames (Kindle Single) by Sam Leith
    we have these infantile escapes: these little worlds made cunningly into which we can retreat with our minds. In these worlds you are out of time. You can keep trying, as many times as you like, until you get it right. You can go back and take a different branch if the path you took has led you somewhere wrong. You aren’t bored. You aren’t scared. You inhabit a world where everything is complete, and nothing happens by accident. To fail or be thwarted is only to enjoy eventual success the more.
  • Casper shared from Going Nowhere: A Life in Six Videogames (Kindle Single) by Sam Leith
    The critic R P Blackmur said that the job of poetry is to ‘add to the available stock of reality’. In a cruder and more direct way, that is what videogames have done too: they have added to our available stock of realities. There is a moment after I log in, when — my fingers settled onto the keys — I watch my avatar come into being in the gaudy no-place of Azeroth. It is a moment of glassy calm, of pleasurable anticipation, of relief. It’s a moment of complete composure. It’s the same feeling I associate with the first drink, the first line of cocaine, with MDMA suddenly blossoming...
  • Casper shared from House of Cards by Michael Dobbs
    It’s a very good idea for a politician to have vision. Yes, the Vision Thing, just the ticket. Really useful, don’t you think? Why, on a clear day most politicians can see as far as—well, I know some who can see almost as far as Battersea.
    Note: one even sees Russia from her house
  • Casper shared from Mountain Lust:The Allure of Mont Blanc by Jon Miller
    I don’t know if Chamonix is calculated to soothe the heart, but it does.  When we arrived, it seemed haunted by friendly spirits, even in the pouring rain. It is closely shut in; ensnaring all of its inhabitants, but a deep relaxation filled us.  On either side, the fir trees overhang and cast strange shadows.  Long dragon-like trains of fog are attracted from the river Arve. The whole area seems replete with mysteries, dreams and illusions.
    Note: overall a good vibe
  • Casper shared from Mountain Lust:The Allure of Mont Blanc by Jon Miller
    this mountain is a living, respirating being whose very existence beckons, tempts, teases and whose charms cannot be shaken.  Its lovers have willingly flung themselves off the jagged cliffs.  Were they of right mind or had the mountain cast a spell upon them?  I am here to find out.  I have since conceived that Mont Blanc and its conspiratorial cousins may not take your life, but it will take something.
    Note: if you're not bleeding you're not having fun
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Casper McFadden