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Entries from October 2019

October 31st, 2019 · No Comments

“To be a writer, one has to tell the truth, and one has to tell the hardest truth that is available to one. One has to tell one’s own truth. One has to risk everything to capture that truth; one has to reach down inside of oneself to the zone of most crucial danger, to […]

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Tags: Gordon Lish · Lit & Crit

October 30th, 2019 · No Comments

“It is difficult for fiction to compete with the aesthetic satisfactions of the actual. Buried in our minds is the demand that fiction give us not the story of life itself, but the key to the mystery.” – Elizabeth Hardwick, “Reflections on Fiction” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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October 29th, 2019 · No Comments

“Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there were two brothers. One was big and strong and highly respected as a great warrior; the other was looked upon with scorn, for he was soft, gentle, and effeminately given to lying among the flowers to play his flute as he gazed into the sky. […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · William Irwin Thompson

October 28th, 2019 · No Comments

“Writing is considered a profession, and I don’t think it is a profession. I think that everyone who does not need to be a writer, who thinks he can do something else, ought to do something else. Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don’t think an artist can ever be […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit

October 27th, 2019 · No Comments

“We need narrative not because it is a valid epistemological description of the world but because of its cognitive role. It’s how we make sense of things. An inability to render life experiences into a coherent narrative is characteristic of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Text that fails to deliver narrative coherence, for example in […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Open Science Collaboration

October 26th, 2019 · No Comments

“There is no predicting who can protect us and who can attack us, nor whom we will harm and whom we will save.” – Paola Peroni, “Protection” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Verandah

October 25th, 2019 · No Comments

“There is reason for the taboo in primitive life, but not in our life, not in civilized communities. The taboo then is dangerous and unhealthy. You see, civilized peoples don’t live according to moral codes or principles of any kind. We speak about them, we pay lip service to them, but nobody believes in them. […]

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Tags: Henry Miller · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

October 24th, 2019 · No Comments

“The idealists in politics lack a sense of reality. And a politician must be a realist above all. These people with ideals and principles, they’re all at sea, in my opinion. One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for […]

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Tags: Henry Miller · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

October 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“Poetry redeems from decay the visitations of the divinity in man.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley, “A Defence of Poetry” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Percy Bysshe Shelley

October 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

“Poetry is not like reasoning, a power to be exerted according to the determination of the will. A man cannot say, ‘I will compose poetry.’ The greatest poet even cannot say it; for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness; this […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Percy Bysshe Shelley

October 21st, 2019 · No Comments

“We have more moral, political, and historical wisdom than we know how to reduce into practice; we have more scientific and economical knowledge than can be accommodated to the just distribution of the produce which it multiplies. The poetry in these systems of thought is concealed by the accumulation of facts and calculating processes. There […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Open Science Collaboration · Percy Bysshe Shelley · Politics & Law

October 20th, 2019 · No Comments

“All high poetry is infinite; it is as the first acorn, which contained all oaks potentially. Veil after veil may be undrawn, and the inmost naked beauty of the meaning never exposed. A great poem is a fountain forever overflowing with the waters of wisdom and delight; and after one person and one age has […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Percy Bysshe Shelley

October 19th, 2019 · No Comments

“Implacable hate, patient cunning, and a sleepless refinement of device to inflict the extremist anguish on an enemy, these things are evil; and, although venial in a slave, are not to be forgiven in a tyrant; although redeemed by much that ennobles his defeat in one subdued, are marked by all that dishonors his conquest […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Percy Bysshe Shelley · Politics & Law

October 18th, 2019 · No Comments

“In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect. Neither the eye nor the mind can see itself, unless reflected upon that which it resembles.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley, “A Defence of Poetry” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Percy Bysshe Shelley

October 17th, 2019 · No Comments

“The great secret of morals is love; or a going out of our nature, and an identification of ourselves with the beautiful which exists in thought, action, or person, not our own. A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Percy Bysshe Shelley · Politics & Law

October 16th, 2019 · No Comments

“Truth is not a propositional statement; it is a performance.” – William Irwin Thompson, Darkness and Scattered Light Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · William Irwin Thompson

October 15th, 2019 · No Comments

“History, by definition, is a civilized, literate record of events; it is a conscious self-image of a society projected by an elite. In a sense, history is the self-image of a culture, the ego of a culture. History is controlled through education and tradition, and is monitored, if not manipulated, by elitist institutions, whether these […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · William Irwin Thompson

October 14th, 2019 · No Comments

“A story or a sketch about happiness must not be about what actually happens.” – Jane Bowles, “East Side: North Africa” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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October 13th, 2019 · No Comments

“I believe that maturity is not an outgrowing, but a growing up; that an adult is not a dead child, but a child who survived. I believe that all the best faculties of a mature human being exist in the child, and that if these faculties are encouraged in youth they will act well and […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Ursula Le Guin

October 12th, 2019 · No Comments

“Trees die, and from their wood human beings build homes and furniture, statues and Stradivariuses. If humans died in a healthy culture, they would not lock out the earth in metal coffins and carve their names on stone monuments, but would instead place the naked body in the earth and plant a tree above the […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · William Irwin Thompson

October 11th, 2019 · No Comments

“Everyone knows of the talking artists. Throughout all of the known history of the world they have gathered in rooms and talked. They talk of art and are passionately, almost feverishly, in earnest about it.” – Sherwood Anderson, “Loneliness” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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October 10th, 2019 · No Comments

“I write because it sustains me in a way that nothing else can. I write because it’s integral to my being present and conscientious in this life. I write because I have something to say and the written word is the medium with which I best express myself. I write because I love it. I […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit

October 9th, 2019 · No Comments

“Bad stories often are raw biography. Literary art consists in transforming one kind of reality, that of physical experience, into another kind of reality, that of literary experience. Imagining, the process of transforming, is illuminated dimly, if at all, only by the magic of criticism. Writers are often complex people and fascinating subjects for psychological […]

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October 8th, 2019 · No Comments

“The culture of fossil fuels literally feeds off the past, of the world of the dinosaurs, but the culture of solar energy feeds off light, and so the shift from the subterranean world of coal mine and oil well to the open horizons of wind and sun is really a shift in archetypes which will […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · William Irwin Thompson

October 7th, 2019 · No Comments

“A deep and affirming consciousness of death indicates a deep and affirming consciousness of life. In the shift from community to consumption, we became what we owned, and so alone with all our purchases, we became frightened and death became a hysterical obsession. Disconnected from nature and the human community, the isolated ego became terrified […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · William Irwin Thompson

October 6th, 2019 · No Comments

“Within these days past, I have marched by 18 or 20 Negroes that lay dead by the way-side, putrifying with the small pox. How such a thing came about, appears to be thus: The Negroes here being much disaffected (arising from their harsh treatment), flock’d in great numbers to [British General Lord] Cornwallis, as soon […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

October 5th, 2019 · No Comments

“Some men in these parts, they tell me, own 30,000 acres of land for their patrimony, & many have two or 300 Negroes to work on it as slaves. Alas! That persons who pretend to stand for the rights of mankind for the liberties of society, can delight in oppression, & that even of the […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

October 4th, 2019 · No Comments

“We have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.” – Ursula Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk away from […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Ursula Le Guin

October 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

“The poetry that ends up mattering speaks to things we half-know but are inarticulate about. It gives us language and the music of language for what we didn’t know we knew.” – Stephen Dunn (interviewed by Timothy Green in Rattle 60, Summer 2018) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Timothy Green

October 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

“Writing is drawing what exists out of the shadows of what we know. That is what writing is about. Not what happens there, not what actions are played out there, but the there itself. There, that is writing’s location and aim.” – Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle (trans. Don Bartlett; emphasis in original) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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