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Neil Gaiman

You never forget. It must be somewhere inside you. Even if the brain has forgotten, perhaps the teeth remember. Or the fingers. —  Neil Gaiman, from “A Lunar Labyrinth,” Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances. ( William Morrow February 3, 2015)

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W. G. Sebald

Smoke will stir no more, no more the trees, now evening closes on the colours of the village. An end is come to the workings of shadow. The response of the landscape expects no answer. —  , “Smoke will stir,” Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems, 1964-2001, translated by Ian Galbraith (Random House,… Continue reading W. G. Sebald

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Joan Didion

We are not idealized wild things. We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no longer. As we will one… Continue reading Joan Didion

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Anaïs Nin

In you alone I have found the same swelling of enthusiasm, the same quick rising of the blood, the fullness… Before, I almost used to think there was something wrong. Everybody else seemed to have the brakes on… I never feel the brakes. I overflow. And when I feel your excitement about life flaring, next… Continue reading Anaïs Nin

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