"Burma is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, with decaying infrastructure and an economy that is just now starting to pick up after decades of stagnation. Yet, it boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the region.
The reverence for reading is evident when you visit. In Yangon, bookstores or book- lending shops are prominent on seemingly every street. Street vendors bide their time between customers reading news magazines. Book clubs are popular. Libraries such as the American Center and British Council Library have robust book club programs; a young professional and former medical student I spoke with during my last trip there said he and his friends have been involved in book clubs since their university days.”
- Wendy Rockett,The Asia Foundation
soft as she is
she has almost
killed me with
love for that boy."
Sappho, Blame Aphrodite (via camilla-macauley)
"It is so incredibly nice for somebody to notice your absence."
David Sedaris (This American Life, An American In Paris)
"… you never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people’s lives."
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night (via analectic)