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Jorge Luis Borges

When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation. ― Jorge Luis Borges [As attributed by Alastair Reid in “Neruda and Borges,” The New Yorker, June 24, 1996; as well as in “The Talk of the Town,” The New Yorker, July 7, 1986] Advertisements

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Antonin Artaud

If I commit suicide, it will not be to destroy myself, but to put myself back together again. Suicide will be for me only one means of violently reconquering myself, of brutally invading my being, of anticipating the unpredictable approaches of God. By suicide, I reintroduce my design in nature, I shall for the first… Continue reading Antonin Artaud

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Forugh Farrokhzad

When blood was gushing forth from the anxious temples of my desire When my life was nothing other than the ticking of the clock I realized that I must love That I must madly love. — Forugh Farrokhzad, from “Window” (1967), translated by Farzaneh Milani from the Persian. The New York Times: The Opinion Pages.… Continue reading Forugh Farrokhzad

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Jan Zwicky

The sound of wind in leaves, that was what puzzled me, it took me years to understand that it was music. Into silence, a gesture. A sentence: that it speaks. This is the mystery: meaning. Not that these folds of rock exist but that their beauty, here, now, nails us to the sky. — Jan… Continue reading Jan Zwicky

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David Foster Wallace

Look man, we’d probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is? In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what’s… Continue reading David Foster Wallace

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Robert Graves

A poem is nonetheless present from the conception, from the first germ of it crossing the mind—it must be scratched for and exhumed. There is an element of timelessness. The leading atomic scientist in Australia agreed with me the other day that time does not really exist. The finished poem is present before it is… Continue reading Robert Graves

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