We’re all terribly, terribly lonely. And there’s a way, at least in prose fiction, that can allow you to be intimate with the world and with a mind and with characters that you just can’t be in the real world. — David Foster Wallace, Whiskey Island, Spring, 1993.
You have to pick the places you don’t walk away from. ― Joan Didion
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. ― William S. Burroughs
My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky. ― Alan Moore
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. I will not waste my days trying to prolong them. I will use my time. — Jack London
Poetry is a rich, full-bodied whistle, cracked ice crunching in pails, the night that numbs the leaf, the duel of two nightingales, the sweet pea that has run wild, Creation’s tears in shoulder blades. ― Boris Pasternak
I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. ― William S. Burroughs