Ex Libris Kirkland

Ex Libris Kirkland is my entirely self-centered way to keep track of what I read, what I like, and what I want to remember.


Recently Quoted

  • The Dweller Under the Sink had still not come out to eat but was probably living a secret and important life by himself.

    an excerpt from Moominland Midwinter, written by Tove Jannson in 1957

  • 'The world’s asleep,’ Moomintroll thought. ‘It’s only I who am awake and sleepless. It’s only I who have to wander and wander, day after day and week upon week, until I too become a snowdrift that no one will even know about.'

    an excerpt from Moominland Midwinter, written by Tove Jannson in 1957

  • At breakfast the next day, Fyodor was seated next to a young woman. By way of small talk, he asked her whether she had ever read Dickens, and she admitted that she hadn't. Fyodor raised his voice, addressing the whole table: 'Ladies and gentlemen, we have the happiest person in the world among us!' The young woman looked quite flustered and the greybeards around the table confused, so Fyodor explained: 'She hasn't read Dickens and has it all to look forward to! How I would like to be in her place.'

    an excerpt from Dostoevsky in Love, written by Alex Christofi in 2021

Recently Noted

  • Tooticky even makes a sacrificial horse out of snow for the Lady of the Cold!

    an note about Moominland Midwinter, written by Tove Jannson in 1957

  • There's a mysterious figure, the Great Cold, that is said to arrive at the dead of winter. The other characters are warned to stay indoors. The Great Cold comes in the form of The Lady of the Cold, and it's such a pleasing, mythic telling. It's like the angel of death in Egypt, or hiding in the cleft of a rock.

    There's a squirrel who is too forgetful and curious to heed the warnings, he goes out to meet her. The Lady looks kindly at him, and he dies, of course, frozen to death.

    It puts a really, uh, aesthetically pleasing pagan spin on the extremities of the Earth. That brutal heat wave or polar vortex is personified into a great god - yes, the Tornado is beautiful and mysterious - but none may look upon him and live!

    an note about Moominland Midwinter, written by Tove Jannson in 1957

  • Picked this up to reread after telling John about it - the intense melancholy of Moomin waking up in the winter when all his family are dead asleep hibernating, and the world is transformed and unrecognizable.

    an note about Moominland Midwinter, written by Tove Jannson in 1957

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