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December 16th, 2020 · No Comments

“You could enter into people only so far and then had to come out the same way. There was never a way clear through. You were always back to where you started.” – Gary Lutz, “I Have to Feel Halved” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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December 15th, 2020 · No Comments

“It is said, isn’t it, that you ‘make’ love because it’s otherwise not really there?” – Gary Lutz, “I Have to Feel Halved” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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December 14th, 2020 · No Comments

“Their mother had taught them that you can ask anybody anything, but it can’t always be, ‘Do I know you?’ That you had arms to bar yourself from people. That you had to watch what you touched after you had already gone ahead and touched some other thing first. That the most pestering thing on […]

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December 9th, 2020 · No Comments

“A house is not a home. It’s just an unflattering brick-and-shingle apparatus for seeing to it that people get bulked into belittling intimacy on the unlofty proppage of furniture.” – Gary Lutz, “A Woman with No Middle Name” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 6th, 2020 · No Comments

“Marriage is what—the most pointless distance between two points?” – Gary Lutz, “Onesome” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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November 5th, 2020 · No Comments

“I thought about the sad, outcropped, lavatorial world of men. . . . Men wanted my toes in their mouth or my torso roped against a chair or my mouth lipsticked and wordless or my brain ligatured to whatever unknottable neural twist that in their own brains winched their rawing, blunted dicks into place. It […]

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November 4th, 2020 · No Comments

“A lot can happen if you stay awake.” – Gary Lutz, “People Are Already Full” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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October 10th, 2020 · No Comments

“You can’t generalize about divorce, and you can’t get too specific about it, either. The subject either clouds itself up or loves the attention too much..” – Gary Lutz, “Divorcer” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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July 16th, 2020 · No Comments

“Why lie when the truth is that the truth jumps out at you anyway?” – Gary Lutz, “I Was in Kilter with Him a Little” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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July 15th, 2020 · No Comments

“When you are no good at what you do, it does you no good to triumph at whatever you might come home to, either.” – Gary Lutz, “I Was in Kilter with Him a Little” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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July 12th, 2020 · No Comments

“What at first doesn’t sit right might eventually be made to stand at least to reason.” – Gary Lutz, “Years of Age” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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The Alpha and the Omega

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

“There are only two things, really, to ever say to anyone. Try: ‘I’m very happy for you.’ Or: ‘This is just not done.’” – Gary Lutz, “Pulls” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Surprise!

March 5th, 2014 · 4 Comments

“The body always waits until the last minute to explain itself to you.” – Gary Lutz, “Pulls” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Sometimes cold, sometimes cloudy

February 4th, 2014 · No Comments

“The sentence is the site of your enterprise with words, the locale where language either comes to a head or does not. The sentence is a situation of words in the most literal sense: words must be situated in relation to others to produce an enduring effect on a reader. As you situate the words, […]

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Episodically compromised

January 4th, 2014 · No Comments

“Life is plotproof, muddled, desultory, irreducible to chains of cause-and-effect. It’s sweaty and rampantly sad. It’s a motion of moments. There’s no line of any kind other than the one that runs from birth to thwarting to death.” – Gary Lutz, “Windows that Lead to More Windows” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Slut for sleep, wakeful and to no avail

June 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

“One does not go to sleep, you had to let sleep come to you, you had to bescatter its path with samples of yourself, maybe just pellets from your thinking, and not be afraid to be a whore for it.” — Gary Lutz, “Womanesque” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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I know what boys like

June 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments

“The only thing that will ever even begin to understand a penis is another penis.” — Gary Lutz, “Womanesque” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Don’t need that weepy old thing, anyhow

June 1st, 2012 · 3 Comments

“The body had only so many quarts of water in it in which the heart might as well just go and get itself drowned once and for all.” — Gary Lutz, “Womanesque” (Hey!  I just found out–one of my short story collections (I don’t know which one, I sent them four) was a finalist in […]

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The cure is flight and/or avoidance

May 27th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“There is no use in hearing the term ‘apartment complex’ unless it is taken immediately to mean a syndrome, a fiesta of symptoms.” – Gary Lutz, “Femme” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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My father shows on my south side

May 26th, 2012 · No Comments

“I have been told that when people say they see my father in me, I am to do one of two things.  The first is just to tell them that it must be only because he’s trying to get their attention because he wants something again.  Otherwise he wouldn’t be showing himself in me of […]

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Same as it ever was

May 25th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Is it one mistake after another, or is it the same one divvied up to make it last from one day to the next?” – Gary Lutz, “The Summer I Could Walk Again” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Res publica and busy bodies

May 24th, 2012 · No Comments

“In no time even the least sneaky of things will have already been handled awfully, will have drawn onto themselves a commonwealth of squandered touch: anything eventually sports the lonelihood of people who could no longer keep their hands to themselves.” — Gary Lutz, “The Least Sneaky of Things” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Squinting may help

May 23rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

“The mind’s eye is the least reliable of the sightholes.” – Gary Lutz, “I Was in Kilter with Him a Little” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Why we never think things through

May 17th, 2012 · No Comments

“To think a thing through meant only hollowing it out, letting it cave in, seeing it to a successful collapse.” – Gary Lutz, “Carriers” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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When you can’t even crawl

May 16th, 2012 · No Comments

“When you are no good at what you do, it does you no good to triumph at whatever you might come home to, either.” – Gary Lutz, “I Was in Kilter with Him, a Little” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Put it back where you found it

May 14th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Just because there is a place for something doesn’t automatically mean it belongs there.” – Gary Lutz, “Onesome” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Plugging in

May 12th, 2012 · No Comments

“A story is a serving of palpated verbal material with feelings surging through it, and not just some caboodle of data about fabricated people and their antics.  If a reader is asked again and again to travel the distance between a capital letter and a period, every sentence ought to have been routed through the […]

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Arms and the man

May 11th, 2012 · 4 Comments

“As far as arms go, I think they’re the one part of the body that tends to get short shrift in fiction, even though they’re the place where the trouble between people usually gets its start.” – Gary Lutz (from Justin Taylor interview in Bookslut) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Filling the drawers

May 10th, 2012 · No Comments

“A job does things to a person, deducts a person pretty brutally from life.  Desks are terrible places, no matter how many wheels a chair might have.  You can’t do much about how drawers fill up.” – Gary Lutz (from Justin Taylor interview in Bookslut) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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The dance of the inchwords

May 9th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Writing is rich to the extent that the drama of the subject matter is supplemented or deepened by the drama of the letters within the words as they inch their way closer to each other or push significantly off.” – Gary Lutz, “The Sentence Is a Lonely Place” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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