The Art of Tetman Callis

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Entries Tagged as 'Lydia Davis'

July 23rd, 2022 · No Comments

“Risk only money. Never your freedom. Better to wash dishes. It will do less harm to your élan than four days in prison.” – Walter Serner, Last Loosening: A Handbook for Imposters and Those Who Aspire to Be (trans. Lydia Davis) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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December 5th, 2020 · No Comments

“If I avoid metaphor, and if I have to think of a reason why, it may be that I don’t want to distract from the one thing that I’m concentrating on, and a metaphor immediately does that. It introduces some completely, even incongruous, other image and world. And it can work very beautifully, but maybe […]

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A rare find

March 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“What you hope for, from a person sitting next to you on a train, is that he will be thin and will not smell.” – Lydia Davis, “Excerpts from a 1985 Diary” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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He had a more direct method

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

“Alexander didn’t torture the Gordian knot when it wouldn’t come untied.” – Lydia Davis, “Kafka Cooks Dinner” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Or it may scratch and bite and cling to the ceiling

July 29th, 2012 · 7 Comments

“A person has other concerns, but at each moment in its life, a cat has only one concern.  This is what gives it such perfect balance, and this is why the spectacle of a confused or frightened cat upsets us: we feel both pity and the desire to laugh.  It faces the source of danger […]

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