Noted: Anne Lamott

from Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life:

“I honestly think in order to be a writer, you have to learn to be reverent. If not, why are you writing? Why are you here?”

“The conscious mind seems to block that feeling of oneness so we can function efficiently, maneuver in the world a little bit better, get our taxes done lamotton time. But it’s even possible to have this feeling when you see—really see—a police officer, when you look right at him and you see that he’s a living breathing person who like everyone else is suffering like a son of a bitch . . . ”

“You do not have to have a complicated moral philosophy. But a writer always tries, I think, to be part of the solution, to understand a little about life and to pass this on.”

“To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind, the mind that so frequently has its head up its own ass—seeing things in such a narrow and darkly narcissistic way that it presents a colo-rectal theology, offering hope to no one.”

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  1. John

    A colo-rectal theologian: I love it!