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“Dulce et Decorum est,” by Wilfred Owen

February 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs, And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep.  Many had lost their boots, But limped on, blood-shod.  All went lame, all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Great War · William Faulkner

Round up the usual suspects

July 7th, 2014 · No Comments

“People between twenty and forty are not sympathetic. The child has the capacity to do but it can’t know. It only knows when it is no longer able to do—after forty. Between twenty and forty the will of the child to do gets stronger, more dangerous, but it has not begun to learn to know […]

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Arriba los manos

July 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that […]

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Damned, by god

July 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

“Since people exist only in life, they must devote their time simply to being alive. Life is motion, and motion is concerned with what makes man move—which is ambition, power, pleasure. What time a man can devote to morality, he must take by force from the motion of which he is a part. He is […]

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Critic schmitick

July 1st, 2014 · No Comments

“The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews. The critic too is trying to say ‘Kilroy was here.’ His function is not directed toward the artist himself. The artist is […]

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And if you get drunk, you end up in jail

June 29th, 2014 · No Comments

“One of the saddest things is that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours—all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · William Faulkner

Pack your kit with these

June 27th, 2014 · No Comments

“A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination—any two of which, at times any one of which—can supply the lack of the others.” – William Faulkner (interview with Jean Stein in Paris Review) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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A compass by any other name would still point as true

June 25th, 2014 · No Comments

“No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by the word. It is every individual’s individual code of behavior, by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol—cross or crescent or whatever—that symbol is […]

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It’s all pointless garbage

June 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

“The quality an artist must have is objectivity in judging his work, plus the honesty and courage not to kid himself about it.” – William Faulkner (interview with Jean Stein in Paris Review) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Stick a pencil in his ear

June 21st, 2014 · No Comments

“Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error. The good artist believes that nobody is […]

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The beloved buzzard

June 19th, 2014 · No Comments

“If I were reincarnated, I’d want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.” – William Faulkner (interview with Jean Stein in Paris Review) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Not all the MFAs in Iowa

June 17th, 2014 · No Comments

“Nothing can injure a man’s writing if he’s a first-rate writer. If a man is not a first-rate writer, there’s not anything can help it much.” – William Faulkner (interview with Jean Stein in Paris Review) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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How low can you go?

June 15th, 2014 · No Comments

“The writer doesn’t need economic freedom. All he needs is a pencil and some paper. I’ve never known anything good in writing to come from having accepted any free gift of money. The good writer never applies to a foundation. He’s too busy writing something. If he isn’t first rate he fools himself by saying […]

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Straightening the priorities

June 13th, 2014 · No Comments

“The writer’s only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. It anguishes him so much he must get rid of it. He has no peace until then. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · William Faulkner

You don’t want to meet one in the dark

June 11th, 2014 · No Comments

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. An artist is a creature driven by demons. He don’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why. He is completely amoral […]

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Those who can, do. Those who can’t, write novels.

June 9th, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t, and then tries the short story, which is the most demanding form after poetry. And, failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing.” – William Faulkner (interview with Jean Stein in Paris Review) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Why do we even bother

June 7th, 2014 · No Comments

“What is important is Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, not who wrote them, but that somebody did. The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important, since there is nothing new to be said. Shakespeare, Balzac, Homer have all written about the same things, and if they had lived one thousand […]

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