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Theodore Sturgeon

There is in certain living souls a quality of loneliness unspeakable, so great it must be shared as company is shared by lesser beings. Such a loneliness is mine; so know by this that in immensity there is one lonelier than you. ― Theodore Sturgeon, from “A Saucer of Loneliness,” E Pluribus Unicorn. (Pocket November… Continue reading Theodore Sturgeon

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Paul Hoffman

… If the dead can come back to this earth and move unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night—amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours—always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or… Continue reading Paul Hoffman

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Mikhail Bulgakov

Yes, man is mortal, but that would be only half the trouble. The worst of it is that he’s sometimes unexpectedly mortal—there’s the trick! ― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarit. (YMCA Press 1966–67 in serial form, 1967 in single volume, 1973 uncensored version)

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Tahereh Mafi

Sometimes I wish I never had to sleep. Sometimes I think that if I stay very, very still, if I never move at all, things will change. I think if I freeze myself I can freeze the pain. Sometimes I won’t move for hours. I will not move an inch. If time stands still nothing… Continue reading Tahereh Mafi

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Joyce Mansour

My fingers guideposts pearled with pleasure Will guide your lashes towards my ears my shoulder­blades Towards the open countryside of my flesh The bleachers of my ribs draw in at the idea That your voice could fill my throat That your eyes could smile — Joyce Mansour, fom “Pericoloso Sporgersi,” Le surréalisme meme 2 (1957)

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Lauren Oliver

Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That’s what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side. — Lauren Oliver, Delirium. (HarperCollins… Continue reading Lauren Oliver

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Clive Barker

Did I say that she was beautiful? I was wrong. Beauty is too tame a notion; it evokes only faces in magazines. A lovely eloquence, a calming symmetry; none of that describes this woman’s face. So perhaps I should assume I cannot do it justice with words. Suffice it to say that it would break… Continue reading Clive Barker

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