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Charles Bukowski

The area dividing the brain and the soul Is affected in many ways by experience — Some lose all mind and become soul: insane. Some lose all soul and become mind: intellectual. Some lose both and become: accepted. ― Charles Bukowski, “Lifedance,” You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense. (Black Sparrow… Continue reading Charles Bukowski

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Chuck Klosterman

We all have the potential to fall in love a thousand times in our lifetime. It’s easy. The first girl I ever loved was someone I knew in sixth grade. Her name was Missy; we talked about horses. The last girl I love will be someone I haven’t even met yet, probably. They all count.… Continue reading Chuck Klosterman

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April Ranger

Think of the luster inside you, that spark that blazed the first time you bared yourself to another human being, said: “Call me brilliant as the sun, or ugly as a naked bulb, I am dangling before you so you might not stumble.” — April Ranger, from “The Light Inside Us,” A History of Silence.… Continue reading April Ranger

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Susan Sontag

The desire for reassurance. And, equally, to be reassured. (The itch to ask whether I’m still loved; and the itch to say, I love you, half-fearing that the other has forgotten, since the last time I said it.) — Susan Sontag, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux;… Continue reading Susan Sontag

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Jeanette Winterson

When I touch her, my fingers don’t question what she is. My body knows who she is. The strange thing about strangers is that they are unknown and known. There is a pattern to her, a shape I understand, a private geometry that numbers mine. She is a maze where I got lost years ago,… Continue reading Jeanette Winterson

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