“Cut a chrysalis open, and you will find a rotting caterpillar. What you will never find is that mythical creature, half caterpillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem of the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. No, the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay.”—Pat Barker, Regeneration (via sraphmchne)
my mum’s interstate and she needed me to text her the dates of all of the theatre company plays that are coming up
and so i crept into the dark dining room, turned the light on, found her diary and kept a note of the page that it was open at. from there, i flipped to the back and found the hidden black envelope that the dates were held in, and i copied each one down on my phone before putting the envelope back, restoring the diary to how it was before i touched it, turned the light off and left quietly.
i know it sounds lame but i just felt so stealth and spy-ish even though she had asked me to do it and given me full permission and they were just theatre dates
i’ve been watching the americans a lot recently ok
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours”—Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film (via observando)