Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 12:01PM
Drew Wolfe

Catherynne M. Valente

She sounds like someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people.

You will always fall in love, and it will always be like having your throat cut, just that fast.

You are going to break your promise. I understand. And I hold my hands over the ears of my heart, so that I will not hate you.

It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.

Never put your faith in a Prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a Witch.

 book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.

That's how you get deathless, volchitsa. Walk the same tale over and over, until you wear a groove in the world, until even if you vanished, the tale would keep turning, keep playing, like a phonograph, and you'd have to get up again, even with a bullet through your eye, to play your part and say your lines.

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