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"The images selected by memory are as arbitrary, as narrow, as elusive as those which the imagination had formed and reality has destroyed. There is no reason why, existing outside ourselves, a real place should conform to the pictures in our memory rather than those in our dreams."

— from SODOM AND GOMORRAH by Marcel Proust

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brooklynquarterly:

Navigating Fear by Michele Filgate. ( Doodle via @sophiebansal)

I love this doodle. Thanks, Sophie!

brooklynquarterly:

Navigating Fear by Michele Filgate. ( Doodle via @sophiebansal)

I love this doodle. Thanks, Sophie!

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"Everything in the world was in precarious balance, pure risk, and those who didn’t agree to take the risk wasted away in a corner, without getting to know life."

— from THE STORY OF A NEW NAME by Elena Ferrante

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It’s an A+++ day. (My grandmother would say this is a Beethoven day.)

It’s an A+++ day. (My grandmother would say this is a Beethoven day.)

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TONIGHT at Dixon Place: I’m reading an essay as part of the Divulger Reading Series!

TONIGHT at Dixon Place: I’m reading an essay as part of the Divulger Reading Series!

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"Just opening your eyes puts you in front of a mirror, psychologically speaking. Garbage in, garbage out. Or rather, garbage goes in, but you never get rid of it. It just lies there turning to dust and slowly wafting a thin layer of grime on to every other object in your brain. Scraping the gunk off is not only a major challenge, but the chief burden of human existence."

— from THE WALLCREEPER by Nell Zink

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“Not everything you do will be revered, and as an artist you have to know that,” she adds. “But there must be something really delicious about the battle.” (via Tori Amos on Unrepentant Geraldines, Life At 50 — Vulture)

“Not everything you do will be revered, and as an artist you have to know that,” she adds. “But there must be something really delicious about the battle.” (via Tori Amos on Unrepentant Geraldines, Life At 50 — Vulture)

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"My library is an archive of longings."— Susan Sontag

"My library is an archive of longings."— Susan Sontag

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mcnallyjackson:

Words that equally support genius and mania:

"I couldn’t talk about it, because the slightest intrusion into the book, the slightest ‘objective’ opinion would have erased everything, of that book. […] The illusion one has—entirely correct—of being the only one to have written what one has…

Man. I need to follow this advice.