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Frances Dinger

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I recently received an iPad as a graduation gift. It’s awesome. I kind of hate that I think that it is awesome because, you know, precious earth metals, sweatshops, it’s made to expire quickly to feed the capitalist machine, and stuff. But, I think my consumption of books will increase, as with many other ebook readers who read both print and digital books.


At the same time, I’m trying to minimi...

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"My badness evolves into another bird"

"Your self hatred has lost its precision"

"I'll love you later people sometimes say/Not now is a dynasty/Time stacks up then rises, steaming not-love/Eat it and love it"

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"(1/2) are you working? there is a lot you can have by wanting. in the light i made a bargain. Envisioning a house where i never lived, you could not convince me we’d spent but
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David Foster Wallace
“If what's always distinguished bad writing--flat characters, a narrative world that's clichéd and not recognizably human, etc.--is also a description of today's world, then bad writing becomes an ingenious mimesis of a bad world. If readers simply believe the world is stupid and shallow and mean, then [Bret] Ellis can write a mean shallow stupid novel that becomes a mordant deadpan commentary on the badness of everything. 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 human and magical that still live and glow despite the times' darkness. Really good fiction could have as dark a worldview as it wished, but it'd find a way both to depict this world and to illuminate the possibilities for being alive and human in it.

Postmodern irony and cynicism's become an end in itself, a measure of hip sophistication and literary savvy. Few artists dare to try to talk about ways of working toward redeeming what's wrong, because they'll look sentimental and naive to all the weary ironists. Irony's gone from liberating to enslaving. There's some great essay somewhere that has a line about irony being the song of the prisoner who's come to love his cage… The postmodern founders' patricidal work was great, but patricide produces orphans, and no amount of revelry can make up for the fact that writers my age have been literary orphans throughout our formative years.

We enter a spiritual puberty where we snap to the fact that the great transcendent horror is loneliness, excluded encagement in the self. Once we’ve hit this age, we will now give or take anything, wear any mask, to fit, be part-of, not be Alone, we young. The U.S. arts are our guide to inclusion. A how-to. We are shown how to fashion masks of ennui and jaded irony at a young age where the face is fictile enough to assume the shape of whatever it wears. And then it’s stuck there, the weary cynicism that saves us from gooey sentiment and unsophisticated naïveté. Sentiment equals naïveté on this continent.

You burn with hunger for food that does not exist.

A U. S. of modern A. where the State is not a team or a code, but a sort of sloppy intersection of desires and fears, where the only public consensus a boy must surrender to is the acknowledged primacy of straight-line pursuing this flat and short-sighted idea of personal happiness.”
David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace
“Fiction’s about what it is to be a fucking human being.”
David Foster Wallace

Dave Eggers
“Still though, I think if you're not self-obsessed, you're probably boring.”
Dave Eggers

Milan Kundera
“You can't measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange.”
Milan Kundera

Tao Lin
“You were one person alive and your brain was encased in a skull. There were other people out there. It took effort to be connected.”
Tao Lin, Bed

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