About Tom Killalea

Wondering how we can improve the experience of reading.

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  • Tom shared from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig
    You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.
    Note: Fanaticism requires doubt
  • Tom shared from A TOWN LIKE ALICE by NEVIL SHUTE
    I only did what anybody could have done." "That's as it may be," he replied. "The fact is, that you did it.
  • Tom shared from The Portrait of a Lady (Penguin Classics) by Henry James
    She wished as much as possible to know his thoughts, to know what he would say, beforehand, so that she might prepare her answer. Preparing answers had not been her strong point of old; she had rarely in this respect got further than thinking afterwards of clever things she might have said.
    Note: thinking afterwards of clever things
  • Tom shared from The Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
    There were Saturday evenings, like this one, when Pam, with her congenial husband, stepped off an elevator into the foyer of an apartment where globes of yellow light and fabulous shadows played throughout the rooms beyond, when leaning to kiss the cheeks of people she barely knew, taking a glass of champagne from a tray held forward, stepping farther and seeing the paintings lit upon walls of dark olive or deep red, a long table set with crystal, and turning to look down upon an avenue that stretched triumphantly right to the horizon, a jubilance of red tail-lights merging as they moved away,...
    Note: @lizstrout in 1 long sentence paints a picture and hints at what's missing
  • Tom shared from The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
    In short, once you start reading a book on the Kindle—and this is equally true of the other e-readers I’ve tried—the technology generates an inertia that makes it significantly easier to keep reading than to do anything else. E-readers, unlike many other artifacts of the digital age, promote linearity—they create a forward momentum that you can reverse if you wish, but not without some effort.
    Note: I'm with @ayjay on how Kindle generates inertia that helps you to read more in an Age of Distraction