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Jonathan Safran Foe

We need much bigger pockets, I thought as I lay in bed counting off the seven minutes it takes a normal person to fall asleep. We need enormous pockets, pockets big enough for our families, and our friends, and even the people who aren’t on our lists, people we’ve never met but still want to… Continue reading Jonathan Safran Foe

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Frank O’Hara

Yesterday Down at the Canal You say that everything is very simple and interesting it makes me feel very wistful, like reading a great                                                  Russian novel does I am terribly bored sometimes it is like seeing a bad movie other days, more often, it’s like having an acute disease                                                            of the kidney god… Continue reading Frank O’Hara

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Franz Kafka

If we were on the right road, having to leave it would mean endless despair. But we are on a road that only leads to a second one and then to a third one and so forth. And the real highway will not be sighted for a long, long time, perhaps never. So we drift… Continue reading Franz Kafka

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Mary Ruefle

Night falls and the empty intimacy of the whole world fills my heart to frothing. The past has trudged to this one spot and falls into the stream, its flashlight in its mouth. Ancient tears beneath the surface rise and scatter like carp, while an ivory hairpin floats away like a loose tooth going back… Continue reading Mary Ruefle

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J.D. Salinger

Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily,… Continue reading J.D. Salinger

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