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Women, Charles Bukowski

12 Julio 2015 por Gonzalo Martín

“Well, I think it’s a damned shame that a man who writes as well as you do just doesn’t know anything about women.”

loc. 146. Kindle Edition

“You’re right. Cunts are indestructible.”

loc. 504. Kindle Edition

“Potential,” I said, “doesn’t mean a thing. You’ve got to do it. Almost every baby in a crib has more potential than I have.”

loc. 639. Kindle Edition

Pain is strange. A cat killing a bird, a car accident, a fire…. Pain arrives, BANG, and there it is, it sits on you. It’s real. And to anybody watching, you look foolish. Like you’ve suddenly become an idiot. There’s no cure for it unless you know somebody who understands how you feel, and knows how to help.

loc. 904. Kindle Edition

The worst thing for a writer is to know another writer, and worse than that, to know a number of other writers.

loc. 911. Kindle Edition

“Why can’t you be decent to people?” she asked.
“Fear,” I said.

loc. 928. Kindle Edition

I decided to live to be 80. Think of being 80 and fucking an 18 year old girl. If there was any way to cheat the game of death, that was it.

loc. 937. Kindle Edition

I was glad I wasn’t in love, that I wasn’t happy with the world. I like being at odds with everything. People in love often become edgy, dangerous. They lose their sense of perspective. They lose their sense of humor. They become nervous, psychotic bores. They even become killers.

loc. 1024. Kindle Edition

“Did you write today?” “A little.” “Was it good?” “You never know until 18 days later.”

loc. 1035. Kindle Edition


I felt foolish paying money to go into a movie theatre and sit with other people to share their emotions.

loc. 1257. Kindle Edition

I was old and I was ugly. Maybe that’s why it felt so good to stick it into young girls. I was King Kong and they were lithe and tender. Was I trying to screw my way past death? By being with young girls did I hope I wouldn’t grow old, feel old? I just didn’t want to age badly, simply quit, be dead before death itself arrived.

loc. 1299. Kindle Edition

I had my own ideas about sex. I was constantly horny and masturbated continually. I’d make love to Lydia and then come back to my place and masturbate in the morning. The thought of sex as something forbidden excited me beyond all reason. It was like one animal knifing another into submission.

loc. 1342. Kindle Edition

And yet women—good women—frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep. Basically I craved prostitutes, base women, because they were deadly and hard and made no personal demands. Nothing was lost when they left. Yet at the same time I yearned for a gentle, good woman, despite the overwhelming price. Either way I was lost. A strong man would give up both. I wasn’t strong. So I continued to struggle with women, with the idea of women.

loc. 1346. Kindle Edition

I liked to fuck too, but it wasn’t my religion.

loc. 1443. Kindle Edition

“What’s your name?” I asked. “Laura” she said. “Well, look, Laura, I’m going to call you Katherine.”

loc. 1562. Kindle Edition

Few beautiful women were willing to indicate in public that they belonged to someone. I had known enough women to realize this.

loc. 1692. Kindle Edition

“There’s no way I can stop writing, it’s a form of insanity.”

loc. 1716. Kindle Edition

It was easy to write about whores, but to write about a good woman was much more difficult.

loc. 1764. Kindle Edition

I had a saying, “Take my woman, but leave my car alone.” I would never kill a man who took my woman; I might kill a man who took my car.

loc. 1782. Kindle Edition

“I never pump up my vulgarity. I wait for it to arrive on its own terms.”

loc. 2963. Kindle Edition

It was best to stay away from other writers and just do your work, or just not do your work.

loc. 2968. Kindle Edition

That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.

loc. 3046. Kindle Edition

“Love is all right for those who can handle the psychic overload. It’s like trying to carry a full garbage can on your back over a rushing river of piss.”

loc. 3142. Kindle Edition

“Love is a form of prejudice. I have too many other prejudices.”

loc. 3144. Kindle Edition

People had to find things to do while waiting to die.

loc. 3151. Kindle Edition

“You mean you live in order to write?” “No, I just exist. Then later I try to remember and write some of it down.”

loc. 3457. Kindle Edition

“What’s fiction?” “Fiction is an improvement on life.”

loc. 3511. Kindle Edition

“Just living until you die is hard work,”

loc. 3661. Kindle Edition

“No. I’m just an alcoholic who became a writer so that I would be able to stay in bed until noon.”

loc. 3979. Kindle Edition

Women: I liked the colors of their clothing; the way they walked; the cruelty in some faces; now and then the almost pure beauty in another face, totally and enchantingly female. They had it over us: they planned much better and were better organized.

loc. 4323. Kindle Edition

While men were watching professional football or drinking beer or bowling, they, the women, were thinking about us, concentrating, studying, deciding—whether to accept us, discard us, exchange us, kill us or whether simply to leave us. In the end it hardly mattered; no matter what they did, we ended up lonely and insane.

loc. 4325. Kindle Edition

A good writer knew when not to write.

loc. 4459. Kindle Edition

“Drink, drink, drink! Is that all you can think of?” “No, but it’s a good way to get through spaces, like this one.” “Can’t you face things straight?” “I can but I’d rather not.” “That’s escapism.” “Everything is: playing golf, sleeping, eating, walking, arguing, jogging, breathing, fucking….” “Fucking?”

loc. 4481. Kindle Edition

“You been married?” Valencia asked. “Once.” “What went wrong?” “We began to hate each other.”

loc. 4623. Kindle Edition

“it ain’t been a bad year. Nobody murdered me.”

loc. 4888. Kindle Edition

The only time a man needed a lot of women was when none of them were any good. A man could lose his identity fucking around too much.

loc. 5222. Kindle Edition

Ana Karenina, Leon Tolstoi

14 Junio 2015 por Gonzalo Martín

Todas las familias felices se parecen unas a otras; pero cada familia infeliz tiene un motivo especial para sentirse desgraciada.

loc. 301

El fin de la civilización consiste en convertir todas las cosas en un placer.

loc. 1011-1011

—Pues si ése es el fin de la civilización, prefiero ser un salvaje
—Eres un salvaje sin necesidad de eso.

loc. 1011-1012

Pues sí, hombre: las mujeres son el eje alrededor del cual gira todo.

loc. 1090-1091

Toda la diversidad, la hermosura, el encanto de la vida, se componen de luces y sombras.

pg. 36, loc. 1129-1129

A veces, removiendo en el fondo del alma sacamos a flote lo que pudiera muy bien haber continuado allí. Tus sentimientos son cosa de tu conciencia;

pg. 123, loc. 3150-3151

La mujer, amigo mío, es un ser que por más que lo estudies te resulta siempre nuevo.

pg. 137, loc. 3472-3473

…formaba parte de una innumerable legión de gente que dirigía la opinión pública mediante ideas que no sentían.

pg. 289, loc. 7055-7056

—Mira: cuando se piensa en la muerte, la vida tiene menos atractivos, pero uno se siente más tranquilo.

—Al contrario… Divertirse en las postrimerías es más atractivo aún.

pg. 322, loc. 7785-7787

La razón no ha descubierto que se amase al prójimo, porque eso no es razonable.

loc. 16354-16354

—Hay casos en que el Gobierno no cumple la voluntad de los ciudadanos, y entonces el pueblo declara espontáneamente su voluntad

loc. 16502

La Virgen de los Sicarios, Fernando Vallejo

10 Junio 2015 por Gonzalo Martín

Es que Colombia cambia pero sigue igual, son nuevas caras de un viejo desastre.

pg. 7, loc. 104-104

¿Y «parcerito» qué es? Es aquél a quien uno quiere aunque uno no se lo diga, aunque él bien que lo sabe.

pg. 31, loc. 466-467

…Medellín, capital del odio, corazón de los vastos reinos de Satanás.

pg. 68, loc. 1038-1038

Ni en Sodoma ni en Gomorra ni en Medellín ni en Colombia hay inocentes; aquí todo el que existe es culpable, y si se reproduce más.

pg. 69, loc. 1050-1051

En Colombia hay leyes pero no hay ley.

pg. 69, loc. 1056-1056

No hay plaga mayor sobre el planeta que el campesino colombiano, no hay alimaña más dañina, más mala. Parir y pedir, matar y morir, tal su miserable sino.

pg. 70, loc. 1064-1065

Yo propongo que se siga llamando Medellín a la ciudad de abajo, y que se deje su alias para la de arriba: Medallo.

pg. 71, loc. 1075-1076

A fuerza de tan feas las comunas son hasta hermosas.

pg. 71, loc. 1079-1080

Españoles cerriles, indios ladinos, negros agoreros: júntelos en el crisol de la cópula a ver qué explosión no le producen con todo y la bendición del papa. Sale una gentuza tramposa, ventajosa, perezosa, envidiosa, mentirosa, asquerosa, traicionera y ladrona, asesina y pirómana. Ésa es la obra de España la promiscua, eso lo que nos dejó cuando se largó con el oro. Y un alma clerical y tinterilla, oficinesca, fanática del incienso y el papel sellado. Alzados, independizados, traidores al rey, después a todos estos malnacidos les dio por querer ser presidente. Les arde el culo por sentarse en el solio de Bolívar a mandar, a robar. Por eso cuando tumban los sicarios a uno de esos candidatos al susodicho de un avión o una tarima, a mí me tintinea de dicha el corazón.

pg. 76, loc. 1152-1157

(Porque santo que no es capaz de protegerse a sí mismo ¡qué nos va a proteger a nosotros!).

pg. 89, loc. 1356-1357

Fernando Vallejo

Shoplifting From American Apparel, Tao Lin

8 Septiembre 2012 por Gonzalo Martín

“You don’t want to fuck with a man who is smarter than Einstein”

(pág. 29)

“I want to change my novel to present tense”, said Sam. “Is there some Microsoft Word thing to do that”

(pág. 35)

Tao Lin, Melvin House Publishing, 2009

Seda, Alessandro Baricco

19 Marzo 2012 por Gonzalo Martín

A cada uno de ellos, Baldabiou le había revelado, sin más problemas, los secretos del oficio. Eso lo divertía mucho más que ganar dinero a espuertas. Enseñar. Y tener secretos que contar.

(pág. 15)

Tenía los labios entrecerrados, parecían la prehistoria de una sonrisa.

(pág. 55)

No estaba hecho para conversaciones serias. Y un adiós es una conversación seria.

(pág. 61)

Alessandro Baricco, Anagrama, 2009

“Sputnik, mi amor”, Haruki Murakami

4 Marzo 2012 por Gonzalo Martín

Pronto acabarán las vacaciones de verano y pisaré de nuevo la interminable senda de la costumbre

(pág. 210)

Haruki Murakami, Maxi Tusquets, 2011

Un viejo que leía novelas de amor, Luis Sepúlveda

28 Febrero 2012 por Gonzalo Martín

Antonio José Bolívar Proaño nunca pensó en la palabra libertad y la disfrutaba a su antojo en la selva.

(pág. 42)

Fue el descubrimiento más importante de toda su vida. Sabía leer. Era poseedor del antídoto contra el ponzoñoso veneno de la vejez. Sabía leer.

(pág. 60)

Muchas veces escuchó decir que con los años llega la sabiduría, y él esperó, confiando en que tal sabiduría le entregara lo que más deseaba: ser capaz de guiar el rumbo de los recuerdos y no caer en las trampas en que estos tendían a menudo.

(pág. 84)

No. Se trata del otro amor. Del que duele.

(pág. 110)

Luis Sepúlveda, Maxi Tusquets, 2011

La vida es un guión, Isabel Coixet

11 Diciembre 2011 por Gonzalo Martín

Cuantas más cosas sabes de la Guerra Civil, más duro es entenderla, poseerla, explicarla. Quizá por eso es tan difícil hacer películas sobre la Guerra Civil

(pág. 21)

Es aterrador sospechar las dimensiones de la ignorancia de uno.

(pág. 36)

Todo el mundo se muestra muy entusiasmado con el guión, pero he aprendido a desconfiar de esta clase de cosas. He aprendido a discernir entre el «it’s so wonderful» y el «I really feel passionate about this». Entre la emoción postiza de Los Ángeles y la emoción verdadera. No es fácil, pero cuando me llevo un momentito llevar por la euforia de los halagos, siempre está Monika a mi lado para recordarme que, en esta ciudad,  hacer la pelota es tan común como tener acidez de estómago al salir de Starbucks.

(pág. 101)

Isabel Coixet, Grup 62 Ediciones El Aleph, 2004

Schismatrix, Bruce Sterling

16 Agosto 2010 por Gonzalo Martín

There’s a natural alliance between actors and whores

(pág. 17)

…They want to be entertained, not clubbed by some ancient relic. They want to know about real people, not savages.

– But that’s not human culture.

– So what?

(pág. 36)

Politics pulls things together, technology blows them apart.

(pág. 118)

Mankind no longer exists

(pág. 150)

…-those aren’t philosophies, they’re techologies made into politics. The technologies are at the core of it.

(pág. 151)

I’m not concerned with ideology. What concerns me is the future.

(pág. 155)

The future belongs to Posthumanism, Linday. Not to nation-states, not to factions. It belongs to life, and life moves in cadles.

(pág. 171)

Too much dignity cripples a man. Fanatics never laugh.

(pág. 192)

Nations don’t last in this era. Only people last, only plans and hopes…. I can only offer you what I have. I don’t have safety. I have freedom.

(pág. 213)

Bruce Sterling, Ace Books 1996


25 Enero 2009 por Gonzalo Martín

Cambiemos el mundo. Cambiar el mundo es algo muy serio como para dejárselo a los jóvenes. Ellos ya tienen bastante con pensar en sexo y drogas…

(pág. 73)

, Astiberri Ediciones, Bilbao 2008