strandbooks:

Old photos often fall out of the used books we receive, but rarely are they actually taped into the book.

This vaguely upsetting, georgeous photograph perfectly matches the tone of this haunting (and haunted) book.

You should absolutely read this book… but please be careful with it.

Underlined passage, The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, page 64.

"peace of mind and heart
arrives
when we accept what
is:
having been
born into this
strange life
we must accept
the wasted gamble of our
days
and take some satisfaction in
the pleasure of
leaving it all
behind."

— Charles Bukowski, Come On In! (via stxxz)

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firsttimeuser:

Boy in the Subway, 1956
photo by Diane Arbus

firsttimeuser:

Boy in the Subway, 1956

photo by Diane Arbus

"Life, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to care what we want."

— Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice (via observando)

"

Perhaps someday the revelation will burst in upon me and I will see the other side of this monumental grotesque joke. And then I’ll laugh. And then I’ll know what life is.

"

Sylvia Plath - The Journals of Sylvia Plath

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In 1970 and 1971, Pete Ham and Badfinger were on top of the world.  Their albums Straight Up and No Dice were in the Top 40 and they had a number of hit singles, including the Pete Ham/Tom Evans-penned “Without You,” which was number one hit for Harry Nilsson. Badfinger backed George Harrison on All Things Must Pass and did session work on John Lennon’s Imagine.

All their success did not translate to financial wealth, however.  Their manager, Stan Polley, was stealing from them.  Pete Ham was paid less than $6,000 in 1970-1971, while Polley gave himself more than $75,000.  After Apple Records fell apart, the band’s publishing royalties were put on hold.

Badfinger continued to make records, but while Polley was taking the largest share of the income, the band was impoverished, in debt and devastated.

Ham became despondent and hanged himself in his garage on 24 April 1975. He was 27, just three days shy of his 28th birthday. He left behind a pregnant girlfriend, who gave birth to his daughter one month after his death.

His suicide note read: “I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better. P.S. Stan Polley is a soulless bastard. I will take him with me.”

Tom Evans would hang himself in 1983.

my-suicide-wish:

I can’t put into words how much i love this.

my-suicide-wish:

I can’t put into words how much i love this.

(via fading-fingerprints)

baldespendus:

Sylvia Plath at Smith College. Unattributed.
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College Collection.

baldespendus:

Sylvia Plath at Smith College. Unattributed.

Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College Collection.

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"If only there were stillness, full, complete."

— Rainer Maria Rilke, from The Book Of Hours (via violentwavesofemotion)