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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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Louise Glück

You came to the side of the bed and sat staring at me. Then you kissed me—I felt hot wax on my forehead. I wanted it to leave a mark: that’s how I knew I loved you. Because I wanted to be burned, stamped, to have something in the end— —Louise Glück, from “The Encounter,”… Continue reading Louise Glück

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Samuel Beckett

I know your sorrow and I know that for the likes of us there is no ease for the heart to be had from words or reason and that in the very assurance of sorrow’s fading there is more sorrow. So I offer you only my deeply affectionate and compassionate thoughts and wish for you… Continue reading Samuel Beckett

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