Writing Inspiration | 5 | Jan 28 — Feb 3

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Weekly inspiration for writers, readers, and anyone who thrives off great content

Words

  • immolate — to kill or offer as sacrifice, especially by burning; in- meaning “upon” + mola meaning “meal”
  • theriac — an ointment or medicine used as antidote to snake venom or another poison; from “treacle,” originally a word used to denote an antidote against venom
  • bastion — an institution, place, or person strongly defending or upholding particular principles; from “bastire,” meaning “to build”
  • anathema — something or someone that one vehemently dislikes; from the Greek word “anathema,” meaning “thing devoted to evil”
  • epithet — an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality that’s characteristic of the person or thing mentioned; from epi ‘upon’ + tithenai ‘to place’

Excerpts

Honestly, I feel like the body doesn’t even matter to them as long as you’re willing,” says Reese. “It’s that bad.”

“But if you say any of this out loud, it’s like you’re weak, you’re not independent, you somehow missed the whole memo about third-wave feminism,” says Amanda.

from Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse” by Nancy Jo Sales, Vanity Fair

People who didn’t know Daryl Morey assumed that because he had set out to intellectualize basketball he must also be a know-it-all. In his approach to the world he was exactly the opposite. He had a diffidence about him — an understanding of how hard it is to know anything for sure. The closest he came to certainty was in his approach to making decisions. He never simply went with his first thought. He suggested a new definition of the nerd: a person who knows his own mind well enough to mistrust it.

from The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

The invitation featured a photo of Morrow’s world-famous avatar, the Great and Powerful Og. The gray-bearded wizard was hunched over an elaborate DJ mixing board, one headphone pressed to his ear, biting his lower lip in auditory ecstasy as his fingers scratched ancient vinyl on a set of silver turntables.

from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Thiel expresses no ill will toward anyone, never stoops to gossip, and seldom cracks a joke or acknowledges that one has been made. In an amiably impersonal way, he is both transparent and opaque. He opens himself to all questions and answers them at length, but his line of reasoning is so uninflected that it becomes a barrier against intimacy.

from No Death, No Taxes by George Packer, The New Yorker

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