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Jeffrey McDaniel

Letter To The Woman Who Stopped Writing Me Back I wanted you to be the first to know – Harper & Row has agreed to publish my collected letters to you. The tentative title is Exorcist in the Gym of Futility. Unfortunately I never mailed the best one, which certainly was one of a kind.… Continue reading Jeffrey McDaniel

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Herman Melville

Give not thyself up, then, to fire, lest it invert thee, deaden thee, as for the time it did me. There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness. ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Richard Bentley October 18, 1851 (Britain), Harper & Brothers November 14, 1851 (U.S.)

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Mahmoud Darwish

Tell me the name of your wound, and I will know the roads where we might twice become lost. Every beat within you strikes me with pain, driving me back to a mythical time. My own blood pains me, the salt as much as the vein. — Mahmoud Darwish, from ” Mural,” Unfortunately, It Was… Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish

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Franz Kafka

Don’t despair, not even over the fact that you don’t despair. Just when everything seems over with, new forces come marching up, and precisely that means that you are alive. And if they don’t, then everything is over with here, once and for all. ― Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka. (Schocken October 30, 1988)… Continue reading Franz Kafka

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C.P. Cavafy

Body, remember not only how much you were loved, not only the beds you lay on, but also those desires that glowed openly in eyes that looked at you, trembled for you in the voices— only some chance obstacle frustrated them. Now that it’s all finally in the past, it seems almost as if you… Continue reading C.P. Cavafy

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Bret Easton Ellis

I think about other things while she describes her recent past: air, water, sky, time, a moment, a point somewhere when I wanted to show her everything beautiful in the world. ― Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho. (Vintage; 1st edition March 1, 1991)

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