The Words They Carry

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The Atlantic has begun curating a series of authors’ favorite passages, poems, and lines.

The series is called By Heart and includes an essay on each selection and an illustration by Doug McLean.

Many authors discuss their favorite line from their favorite author, others share the quotes that get them through the writing process, and some reflect on why they love the lines they love. The collection is beautiful and worth getting lost in.


Caroline Kangas calls both Seattle and San Francisco home (though she currently resides in the latter). She recently received a mouthful of a liberal arts degree from the University of San Francisco and can be found selling pirate supplies at 826 Valencia or wandering the streets with her diva of a french bulldog, Elle. More from this author →