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Neil Gaiman

Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds’ eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas-abstract, invisible, gone once they’ve been spoken-and what could be… Continue reading Neil Gaiman

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C.S. Lewis

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your… Continue reading C.S. Lewis

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Amina Saïd

I’ve decorated the day with the tattoos of my dreams my face has seen my other face I’ve not heard the voice calling me the hand seeking me hasn’t found me I’ve been born several times from each star I’ve died as often from the sun of days I’ve taken early boats to nowhere —… Continue reading Amina Saïd

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Charles Wright

Thinking about the past is inherently sentimental–one always wishes things had been more of the same, less of the same, or partially or altogether otherwise, if only because we somehow believe the past, our past, still cares for us, as we care for it. This differs it from thinking about the desert, which we know… Continue reading Charles Wright

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Claire Wahmanholm

Night and nightshade, yes, but also                the night-blooming cereus, itself a cloak of nameless fragrance,                its face an hours-long brightness in the desert, crumpling under morning’s                fist—yes, the night-bloomers and also the nightingale, night-                song, night-dew, the nightside of the heart as if it were a moon,                the privacy, how… Continue reading Claire Wahmanholm

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William S. Burroughs

Junk turns the user into a plant. Plants do not feel pain since pain has no function in a stationary organism. Junk is a pain killer. A plant has no libido in the human or animal sense. Junk replaces the sex drive. Seeding is the sex of the plant and the function of opium is… Continue reading William S. Burroughs

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