About Tom Killalea

Wondering how we can improve the experience of reading.

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  • Tom shared from The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp
    And there we were, in a kind of harmony; and the evening was so beautiful, that it made a pain in my heart, as when you cannot tell whether you are happy or sad; and I thought that if I could have a wish, it would be that nothing would ever change, and we could stay that way forever. —Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
    Note: Emily Rapp cites @MargaretAtwood, others in her profound meditation on grief, parenting, life, loss
  • Tom shared from Longitude by Dava Sobel
    In the course of their struggle to find longitude, scientists struck upon other discoveries that changed their view of the universe. These include the first accurate determinations of the weight of the Earth, the distance to the stars, and the speed of light.
    Note: Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.
  • Tom shared from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."
    Note: Best closing line ever
  • Tom shared from The Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
    “Understand this fact,” he said to the men. “Somalia was the last African country to get the Internet, but in seven years its access has the highest growth and also we have the cheapest cell phone calling rates. Look at this street, if you want proof of the intelligence of Somalis.” He thrust out his arm, indicating the new businesses that had sprung up during the winter here in Shirley Falls. A translation service, two more cafés, a store that sold phone cards, a place for classes in English. But the men turned away. They wanted to go home. Abdikarim understood that very well. It’s...
    Note: The Burgess Boys by @ElizStrout just published. Learning about the Somali Bantu.
  • Tom shared from The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
    how necessary it is for all women who expect anything in the world, to preserve the character of their virtue, even when perhaps they may have sacrificed the thing itself.
    Note: Hypocrisy of the time.
  • Tom shared from The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
    As we know, 90 percent of particles in the universe are hydrogen, and the other 10 percent are helium. Everything else, including six million billion billion kilos of earth, is a cosmic rounding error. And in that six million billion billion kilos, the total amount of astatine, the scarcest natural element, is one stupid ounce.
    Note: @Sam_Kean puts chemistry, the universe,and astatine in perspective
  • Tom shared from APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki, Shawn Welch
    For APE we used a font called Warnock Pro.
    Note: @GuyKawasaki Do you like Baskerville (Kindle substitute for Warnock Pro)?
  • Tom shared from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
    Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be.  If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth? 
    Note: Guidance on ethics and principles from Jane Eyre
  • Tom shared from Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan
    When you read a book, the story definitely happens inside your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy knit cap pulled down over your eyes:
    Note: @RobinSloan on how audiobooks are different
  • Tom shared from Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan
    Finally, it’s quarter to six. The thinnest tendrils of dawn are creeping in from the east. People in New York are softly starting to tweet.
    Note: Robin Sloan placed a big "tweet this" sign here