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Evelyn Waugh

If you asked me now who I am, the only answer I could give with any certainty would be my name. For the rest: my loves, my hates, down even to my deepest desires, I can no longer say whether these emotions are my own, or stolen from those I once so desperately wished to… Continue reading Evelyn Waugh

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Sarah Crossland

The Tin Man Full of Bees The spell erupts in wings—       glass-backed, a crownish   vellum, veins that tickleas they climb their way.        They charge, these chevrons,   motor-fuzzed, from the heart—or the chasm where the heart       would be if I were made   of meat instead of metal. I once loved a forest girl       who kissed… Continue reading Sarah Crossland

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Jonathan Safran Foer

If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweller’s felt so that we should never hear it.… Continue reading Jonathan Safran Foer

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Tina Chang

…the one true blasphemy:Love and love and love and love andlove and love and love and love and loveand love and love and love and love andlove and love and love and love and loveand love and love and love and love andlove is crowding the street and needs only airand it lives, over there,… Continue reading Tina Chang

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Oscar Wilde

Beauty is a form of Genius–is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It… Continue reading Oscar Wilde

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Charles Bukowski

there are worse thingsthan being alonebut it often takesdecades to realize thisand most often when you doit’s too lateand there’s nothing worsethan too late ― Charles Bukowski, “Oh Yes,” War All the Time. (Ecco; First Trade Edition edition June 5, 2002) Originally published June 5th 1984.

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Pablo Neruda

Fear envelops bones like new skin,envelops blood with night’s skin,the earth moves beneath the soles of the feet –it is not your hair but the terror in your head,like long hair made of vertical nails,and what you see are not shattered streets,but rather, within you, your own crushed walls,your frustrated infinity, again the city comescrashing… Continue reading Pablo Neruda

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