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14 January, 2013

the world is quiet here

For me it's back to studying this month as I have a ton of exams at the end of January. As a result, a lot of time will be spent hurriedly eating oatmeal in the morning (prepared the evening before), making tea to-go & fighting for a seat in the university library.

Study prep:
  1. Get Shit Done - An Academic Mix: for a calm, scholarly atmosphere.
  2. Blueberry Oatmeal | I add walnuts, flax seeds & frozen raspberries.
  3. Stocking up on green tea, new notepads, a green (for headings!) & a black pen.
  4. Having the best friends on speed dial, in order to whine in unison about how horrible everything is.
  5. Libraries as photographed by Christoph Steelbach and Candida Höfer.
  6. This is a library.
  7. Librarian wisdom: “Pause every once in a while, remove your glasses, think about that last great sentence you read, sigh, sip your tea and then get back to it.” (x)
"It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like home."
The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
"If you feel . . . that well-read people are less likely to be evil, and a world full of people sitting quietly with good books in their hands is preferable to world filled with schisms and sirens and other noisy and troublesome things, then every time you enter a library you might say to yourself, 'The world is quiet here,' as a sort of pledge proclaiming reading to be the greater good."
The Slippery Slope, by Lemony Snicket

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