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Entries Tagged as 'William H. Gass'

May 23rd, 2022 · No Comments

“You canʼt just write by spilling the words on the page. You have to arrange them. And you have to arrange them not only in terms of one another, but with the sentences that came before, and the sentences you havenʼt written yet. They have a demand.” – William H. Gass (interviewed by Greg Gerke […]

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May 22nd, 2022 · No Comments

“Too many writers write about their lives. Itʼs easier, and itʼs seductive, and it can be catastrophic. ‘It happened to me, and therefore it must be interesting.’ You know, thatʼs sort of awful.” – William H. Gass (interviewed by Greg Gerke in Tin House, Issue #54, 2012) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Payment in specie not required

February 10th, 2016 · No Comments

“Virtue for virtue’s sake, faith without reason, art for art, and other purities of purpose will not suffice for happiness unless ideals can be betrayed on a regular basis.” – William H. Gass, The Tunnel Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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And it’s easy

February 9th, 2016 · No Comments

“The greatest gift you can give another human being is to let them warm you till, in passing beyond pleasure, your defenses fall, your ego surrenders, its structure melts, its towers topple, lies, fancies, vanities, blow away in no wind, and you return, not to the clay you came from—the unfired vessel—but to the original […]

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Divine limerick

February 8th, 2016 · No Comments

“Suppose a mad god in a fuss went round the world on a bus, and for each kiss he blew, he ran over two; what good would ensue? Please discuss.” – William H. Gass, The Tunnel Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Yield to merging traffic

February 7th, 2016 · No Comments

“The automobile is the world’s most effective killing machine, with victims outnumbering any war, with millions maimed, shocked, crazed by the car, half the world trashed by its production, made brutal, ugly, used up, useless, with endless highways and hospitals to maintain, most citizens in debt to their eyes for this toy . . . […]

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Tags: Adolf Hitler · Economics · Lit & Crit · William H. Gass

The routine burden of evil

February 6th, 2016 · No Comments

“It is easy to be a victim, you don’t have to do a thing, you simply weep and bleed—but, ah, the beater, to be the beater is not a role whose easy mastery is readily admittable; sympathies in such a cause are not idly, not routinely, not frequently enlisted; and were they to be, what […]

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Not a mensch

February 5th, 2016 · No Comments

“Sure, Adolf Hitler knew how to play the piano (badly), how to type (slowly), how to drive a car (erratically), how to draw (inadequately), how to write (drivel), how to remember (photographically), and how to bombast (beautifully). But bombast isn’t bombing. He was in fact a petty little twerp. A man of such meager means […]

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Tags: Adolf Hitler · Lit & Crit · The Second World War · William H. Gass

But everyone knows more is better

February 4th, 2016 · No Comments

“Slowly slime is covering the earth, more of it made every day—more whiny people, more filthy thoughts, crummy plans, cruddy things, contemptible actions—multiplying like evil spores (we were told to be fruitful, not to trash the place); so that now there are more artifacts and less art, more that is tame, little that is wild, […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · William H. Gass

The politics of resentment

February 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

“Revolutionaries and other malcontents, because they are not in the place of power, or perhaps, in a nation, are the country’s restive minorities, or sometimes because they are spiteful courtiers out of favor: these desperadoes—sort of, aren’t they?—preach a rigid dogma to their followers, and wild relativism to the rest. Anarchists. Communists. Suffragettes. Separatists. Special […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · William H. Gass

Depends on how you look at it

February 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

“Relativism as a theory really reflects an intellectual failure of nerve which is the result of Colonial guilt, commercial greed, the placation of the mob, and a total loss of taste.” – William H. Gass, The Tunnel Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Playing the trump card

January 31st, 2016 · No Comments

“Who of us has not destroyed our enemies in our heads. Suppose but a whisper of our wishes leaked out and half a continent was ready to rise and do your bidding? Orders are easy. Liquidate the trailer parks. Murder motorbikers. Silence the soaps. Clean up the town. Bust up the trusts. It is the […]

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This will be on the final

January 30th, 2016 · No Comments

“History, I do believe, is not a mighty multitude of causes whose effects we suffer now in some imaginary present; it is rather that the elements of every evanescent moment endeavor to hitch a ride on something more permanent, living on in what lives on, lengthening their little life by clinging to a longer one, […]

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Undisguised

January 29th, 2016 · No Comments

“To be free is the greatest blessing the world never gives.” – William H. Gass, The Tunnel Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · William H. Gass

You will not be the last one left

January 28th, 2016 · No Comments

“Death, they say, is democratic. Right? It makes no class distinctions: richer or poorer, better or worse, sick or well, white or black, jew or gentile; o mortal is mortal o, don’t we moan? and mother will go though she suckled us, and father will go though he paid our way, and brother will fall […]

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It’s just another word

January 27th, 2016 · No Comments

“It’s a war of lie against lie in this world where we are, fancy against fantasy, nightmare throttling nightmare like two wedded anacondas, and anyone who’s taken in is nothing but a bolo and a bumpkin. But that’s just exactly what we all are—hoddydoddies—aren’t we? Aren’t we all so hungry, anxious, eager to believe? like […]

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We do so love our rights

January 26th, 2016 · No Comments

“To love is to trust another with your self-esteem. And then to see them measure you, to see the red line drop into the bulb at the bottom—my god, how you hate yourself, then, for the gift of your vanity, the care of your conceit! Think of it: you have given someone else the right […]

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There’s bees and spiders in there

January 25th, 2016 · No Comments

“If we had the true and complete history of one man—which would be the history of his head—we would sign the warrants and end ourselves forever, not because of the wickedness we would find within that man, no, but because of the meagerness of feeling, the miniaturization of meaning, the pettiness of ambition, the vulgarities, […]

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All against all

January 24th, 2016 · No Comments

“Clashes are perfectly normal, what is the purpose of the pitiless bronze? certainly labor and management cheat one another—are suspicious, sullen, lazy, greedy, deceitful, Mafia-manipulated—you name it, no surprises, ordinary shiftlessness, ordinary exploitation, ordinary rapacity; physicians pill their poor patients to death and then bill the estates, which are already being fucked over by lawyers […]

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Haters gotta hate

January 19th, 2016 · No Comments

“Lay the length of a lasting love alongside any hate, that of the Armenians, for instance, the Turks for the Greeks, the Serbs for everybody. Do you suppose if the Armenians had been done a good turn back then, instead of being thinned, they would remember? three square meals and clean clothes in corded bales […]

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And not a garter, my friend

January 18th, 2016 · No Comments

“Who wants to stir up even a chicken if it hankers to be a snake?” – William H. Gass, The Tunnel Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Not even in there

January 17th, 2016 · No Comments

“I know that men are capable of anything; that all of the things possible to men are therefore possible for me. There is no final safety from oneself.” – William H. Gass, The Tunnel Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Guilty as charged

January 16th, 2016 · No Comments

“It should be clear—plain to any person—open to any eye—that historical chronicles are chronologies of crime, and that any recital of the past constitutes an indictment.” – William H. Gass, The Tunnel Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Flavor-of-the-month club

January 15th, 2016 · No Comments

“O yes, O yes, O yes, O yes, I am aware, O how I know, that there are those who write like tenors, stock their books as though each were a fish pond, dry goods, hardware, or a pantry; who jerry-build, compose sentences like tangled spaghetti, piss through their pens and otherwise relieve themselves, play […]

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What’s the price on that?

January 14th, 2016 · No Comments

“Everywhere nothing now but a revocation of the muse. Cancel Clio, cross out sweet Calliope, for history’s been buggered by ideology, and farts its facts in an odorous cloud, while poets have no breath whatever, are in another business presently, where Parnassus is a pastry, and produce their poems promptly on request like short-order cooks […]

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To be so clean again

January 10th, 2016 · No Comments

“We lie with the Fates from our first conception; for it is said—and truly too—that the flesh is built up over the bones at birth by the caresses of those star-guarding harlots whose pawed passage clings there like a cloth, just as the soul in our life is the silted delta of the senses, their […]

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It might not prove the joist we sought to hammer

January 9th, 2016 · No Comments

“We live in a world of whirling air just as Anaximenes concluded, a world of whiffs, puffs, breaths, zephyrs, breezes, hurricanes, monsoons, and mistrals; and if they all died away suddenly, and we were Sargasso’d in a sea of circumstance, then one small draft through a winter window might drive us at our destiny like […]

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Fancy a fancy-eating tree

January 8th, 2016 · No Comments

“A flat and wooden style, words nailed like shingles to the page, the earnest straightforward bite of the spike, is the one which suits sincerity; sincerity cannot gambol, cannot play, cannot hedge its bets, forswear a wager, bear to lose; sincerity is tidy; it shits in a paper sack to pretend it’s innocent of food; […]

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To be young and upright again

January 7th, 2016 · No Comments

“Classicists cannot soil themselves with simple-minded seeing the way empirics do: empirics are too dewy, eager, brash, young, innocent, naive. No. And not because experience couldn’t bring them to wisdom better than the Greeks, either, but because experience is broad and muddy like the Ganges, with the filthy and the holy intermixed in every wash; […]

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And reparations cannot be paid

January 6th, 2016 · No Comments

“Neither guilt nor innocence are ontological elements in history; they are merely ideological factors to which a skillful propaganda can seem to lend a causal force, and in that fashion furnish others—in disguise of their greed as it may be, their terror sometimes, pride possibly, remorse even, or, more often, surly resentment—a superficially plausible apologia […]

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