I should have died when I was sixteen, when I planned to commit suicide. And I was an atheist until then. I was an atheist, and what the heck, if life sucks what do you have to live for? If you’re an atheist, it’s just about living, you know? So at the time, I didn’t want to wake up anymore and then seriously, God chased me down and proved that he was real and that he loved me.
Lacey Sturm (via laceysturmquotes)


Ever wonder what TED staffers read when we’re not watching talks? Well, wonder no more; we’re here to tell you. We’re closing up shop next week for some R&R before 2014, but before we set off, here are the books we’ll be reading in a cozy corner of the house while we’re away: 

  • Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Stargazer by Sena Jeter Naslund (Amanda, keeper of TEDx wisdom)
  • by Kara Swisher (Becky, TED online detective)
  • Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (Hailey, TEDx editorial robot)
  • A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor (Michelle, book editor extraordinaire)
  • Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie (Nadia, editorial wizardess)
  • The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker (Rachel, TEDx application wrangler)
  • How Music Works by David Byrne (Saba, TEDx office master)
  • The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg (Tahlia, master of friendship & YouTube)
  • My Struggle (vol. 2) by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Thu, TED prosateur)

So, there’s our picks. But you don’t have to take my word for it…

Tragic love ended at the core

Hurt because they say I cant love you anymore

When I close my eyes you are all I see

Tempted to let go and to let it be

no, I will not submit to something that is not right

I need you I love you. Please, Take me home tonight

I wont let go, with all that’s in me

Don’t give up, fight for me