Tag Archives: Ann Patchett

Master The Craft

17 Mar

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“Art stands on the shoulders of craft, which means that

to get to the art you must master the craft.”

Ann Patchett –  This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage


An Ironed Bedsheet

21 Dec

“Outside the window was divided into two planes, blinding blue and blinding white. The snow was snapped down over the field like an ironed bedsheet.  It was a clean, orderly world.”

The Magician’s Assistant – Ann Patchett

Proper Encouragement #annpatchett #deathsdoor

14 Aug

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“Was it possible that, in everybody’s lymph system, a nascent novel is knocking around? A few errant cells that, if given the proper encouragement, cigarette and gin, the requisite number of bad affairs, could turn into something serious?”  

Ann Patchett  This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage

On my way home from the store with my friend in the passenger seat.  In case I haven’t made it clear, my favorite alcohol is Death Door’s Gin.  Death’s Door products are made in Wisconsin.

Happy Day!

I Slipped Beneath The Surface #annpatchett

2 Aug

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“The absolute truth…I did not forget it.  It worked its way into my brain and then stuck its foot in the door so that other bits of wisdom might follow, while back in present time, I slipped beneath the surface of the water and swam away.”

— Ann Patchett, This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage

p.s.  The illustration was drawn by me when I was 10-years-young.

Pool #pool

7 Jul

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“I went to the swimming pool often, as swimming pools solve a lot of problems if you never sob but just can’t stop the constant leaking of tears.”

— Ann Patchett, This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage


Forgiveness and Art

23 May

“Forgiveness.  The ability to forgive oneself.  Stop here for a few breaths and think about this because it is the key to making art, and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life.”

— Ann Patchett

Head to Hand

19 May

 “The journey from the head to hand is

perilous and lined with bodies.”

— Ann Patchett

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