ONE. Go on a search for as many good climbing trees as possible, climb as high as you both can in all of them, compile photo evidence TWO. Go to a major chain bookstore, and leave notes to future readers in copies of your favorite books THREE. Have her dress up as a ghost and you dress up us Pacman. Walk around downtown holding hands, and whenever anyone sees you two, pretend to be embarrassed, and run off screaming “wocka wocka wocka.” FOUR. Create photo evidence suggesting that you went on an adventure that didn’t really happen FIVE. Dress up as superheroes and stop at least one petty crime (ie. jaywalking, littering….) SIX. Build forts out of furniture and blankets, and wage war with paper airplanes. SEVEN. Try and visit as many people as you can in one night, and turn as many things inside their apartment upside down as you can, without them noticing. EIGHT. Go to the airport, get the cheapest, soonest departing flight to anywhere; when you show up stay there for a weekend. NINE. Write a piece of fiction together. Outside at a cafe. Ask strangers when you get stuck. TEN. Dress to the nines, pretend to be married, and test drive very expensive vehicles at an auto dealership. ELEVEN. Do the lamest tourist thing in your area that you have both secretly wanted to do forever. Have an unabashed good time! TWELVE. In the middle of the night, drive to the beach so you arrive just as the sun is rising. Have a breakfast picnic, then fall asleep together. Bring a sun umbrella. THIRTEEN. Drive somewhere unknown and have dinner in a city you’ve never been to. With fake names. FOURTEEN. Go to a minor league baseball game under the stars. Tell each other stories about how bad you are at athletics. Randomly cheer for both teams. Eat lots of Cracker Jacks. FIFTEEN. Go around the city with sidewalk chalk and draw hearts with equations inside on random things SIXTEEN. Walk around a city and perform short silent plays in front of security cameras SEVENTEEN. With a camera and a pair of boots, make photoblog of a day in the life of the invisible man. EIGHTEEN. Walk around the city all night and find a place to eat breakfast at dawn NINETEEN. Go to a restaurant and convince the cook to create something completely new for you. TWENTY. Rent a movie you’ve never seen before. Set on mute and improvise dialogue.
“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.”—
“It is difficult to say, “Not only is this book of this sort, but it is of this value; here it fails; here it succeeds; this bad; that is good.” To carry out this part of a reader’s duty needs such imagination, insight, and learning that is it hard to conceive of any one mind sufficiently endowed; impossible for the most self-confident to find more than the seeds of such flowers in himself…[Yet] even if the results are abhorrent and our judgements are wrong, still our taste, the nerve of sensation that sends shocks through us, is our chief illuminant; we learn through feeling; we cannot suppress our own idiosyncrasy without impoverishing it.”—Virgina Woolf
“Each critic chooses his necessary language, in accordance with a certain existential pattern, as the means of exercising an intellectual function which is his, and his alone…he puts into the operation his ‘deepest self’, that is, his preferences, pleasures, resistances, and obsessions.”—Roland Barthes
“I like the dark part of the night, after midnight and before four-thirty, when it’s hollow, when ceilings are harder and farther away. Then I can breathe, and can think while others are sleeping, in a way can stop time, can have it so – this has always been my dream – so that while everyone else is frozen, I can work busily about them, doing whatever it is that needs to be done, like the elves who make the shoes while children sleep.”—Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.
—”—J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye