About Joshua Fields Millburn

Minimalist. Bestselling fiction author. Not Christopher Walken.

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  • Joshua shared from Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
    I couldn’t imagine what Americans did at night when they weren’t writing novels.”
  • Joshua shared from Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock
    MY FATHER SHOWED ME HOW TO HURT A MAN ONE AUGUST night at the Torch Drive-in when I was seven years old. It was the only thing he was ever any good at. This was years ago, back when the outdoor movie experience was still a big deal in southern Ohio. Godzilla was playing, along with some sorry-ass flying saucer movie that showed how pie pans could take over the world. It was hotter than a fat lady’s box that evening, and by the time the cartoon began playing on the big plywood screen, the old man was miserable. He kept bitching about the heat, sopping the sweat off his head with a brown paper...
    Note: Tomorrow, during my writing class, I'll dissect this passage from Donald Ray Pollock's Knockemstiff
  • Joshua shared from The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
    He knew in his gut that he should attempt to get out of Ohio immediately, but he couldn’t bear the thought of leaving
    Note: I know this feeling:
  • Joshua shared from The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
    rich people did fine and dandy as long as things were going their way, but the minute the shit hit the fan, they fell apart like paper dolls left out in the rain.
    Note: So true.
  • Joshua shared from Falling While Sitting Down: Stories by Joshua Fields Millburn
    And if he was able to love, then he loved all of these women. But he didn’t know this feeling, this sentiment, this experience outside of these rooms with two bodies doing what two bodies do, making everything foggy. He knew it was foolish to examine everything so closely. It was easier to live in the fog. But he was a fool a thousand times, a fool every day of his existence.
    Note: One of my favorite passages from my favorite story in "Falling While Sitting Down"
  • Joshua shared from The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
    Past the flannel plains and blacktop graphs and skylines of canted rust, and past the tobacco-brown river overhung with weeping trees and coins of sunlight through them on the water downriver, to the place beyond the windbreak, where untilled fields simmer shrilly in the A.M. heat: shattercane, lamb’s-quarter, cutgrass, sawbrier, nutgrass, jimsonweed, wild mint, dandelion, foxtail, muscadine, spinecabbage, goldenrod, creeping charlie, butter-print, nightshade, ragweed, wild oat, vetch, butcher grass, invaginate volunteer beans, all heads gently nodding in a morning breeze like a mother’s soft...
    Note: Perhaps the most beautiful first sentence to any novel I've read:
  • Joshua shared from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
    "Humans are the only animal that blushes, laughs, has religion, wages war, and kisses with lips. So in a way, the more you kiss with lips, the more human you are."
    Note: a beautiful passage from a jonathan safran foer novel
  • Joshua shared from The Corrections: A Novel (Recent Picador Highlights) by Jonathan Franzen
    “And when the event, the big change in your life, is simply an insight—isn’t that a strange thing? That absolutely nothing changes except that you see things differently and you’re less fearful and less anxious and generally stronger as a result: isn’t it amazing that a completely invisible thing in your head can feel realer than anything you’ve experienced before?
    Note: great quote about the the changes in our lives from jonathan franzen's "the corrections"