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It’s futile either way

February 29th, 2012 · 4 Comments

“The world resists me and I resist the world.” — John Gardner, “The Song of Grendel” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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This extends also to other pursuits

February 24th, 2012 · 3 Comments

“A man cannot be a master artist if he lies to himself, settles for illusions.” — John Gardner, “The Temptation of St. Ivo” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Dearly maddened, we gather today in song

February 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

“The scheme of providence demands of us all that each man humbly perform his part, sing his own line in the terrestrial hymn, as the planets are singing, unheard, above us, and with charity forgive those to left and right when they falter.  That may sound pompous, simpleminded, but it’s true, or anyway I hope […]

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I’ll have a slice of happiness, thank you, and a cup of joy on the side

February 17th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“To despair was to wish back for something already lost.  Or to prolong what was already unbearable.  How much can you wish for a favorite warm coat that hangs in the closet of a house that burned down with your mother and father inside of it?  How long can you see in your mind arms […]

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Making the magic

February 14th, 2012 · 11 Comments

“It’s in words that the magic is—Abracadabra, Open Sesame, and the rest—but the magic words in one story aren’t magical in the next.  The real magic is to understand which words work, and when, and for what; the trick is to learn the trick.” — John Barth, “Dunyazadiad” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email […]

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It is good that this is not always true

February 10th, 2012 · 6 Comments

“Women fall in love when they get to know you.  Men are just the opposite.  When they finally know you they’re ready to leave.” — James Salter, “American Express” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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The trinity of democracy

January 30th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Sports, politics, and religion are the three passions of the badly educated.” — William H. Gass, “In the Heart of the Heart of the Country” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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The bearable lightness of beings

January 28th, 2012 · 18 Comments

“Love is infinite and one.  Women are not.  Neither are men.  The human condition.  Nearly unbearable.” — Leonard Michaels, “City Boy” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Here comes one now!

January 27th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“In a crisis you discover everything.  Then it’s too late.  Know yourself, indeed.  You need a crisis every day.” — Leonard Michaels, “City Boy” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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CDOs, anyone?

January 26th, 2012 · No Comments

“Old men are just as bad as young men when it comes to money.  They can’t think.  They always try to buy what they should have for free.  And what they buy, after they have it, is nothing.” — James Alan McPherson, “A Solo Song: For Doc” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Better that than cursing blind

January 17th, 2012 · No Comments

“While the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard.  There isn’t any other tale to tell, it’s the only light we’ve got in all this darkness.” — James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Just add water

January 15th, 2012 · No Comments

“The beginning of everything is damp and small, but wide-armed oaks—according to myth, legend, and the folk tales of the people—from solitary acorns grow.” — Grace Paley, “In Time Which Made a Monkey of Us All” Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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There’s always something that needs doing

August 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

“A poet is a man, who, having nothing to do, finds something to do.” — Anatole Broyard (from The Granta Book of the American Short Story, ed. Ford) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Where the coyotes moan so low

August 17th, 2011 · No Comments

“Intense loneliness gives all great American literature something in common, the sense of a lonely animal howling in the dark.” — Stephen Spender (from The Granta Book of the American Short Story, ed. Ford) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Well, shut my mouth

August 16th, 2011 · No Comments

“Once language exists only to convey information it is dying.” — Richard Hugo (from The Granta Book of the American Short Story, ed. Ford) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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