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  • #1
    Hanif Kureishi
    “The cruellest thing you can do to Kerouac is reread him at thirty-eight.”
    Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia

  • #2
    James    Wood
    “When I talk about free indirect style I am really talking about point of view, and when I talk about point of view I am really talking about the perception of detail, and when I talk about detail I'm really talking about character, and when I talk about character I am really talking about the real, which is at the bottom of my inquiries.”
    James Wood, How Fiction Works

  • #3
    Charles Baxter
    “Literature is not an instruction manual.”
    Charles Baxter

  • #4
    Roberto Bolaño
    “I have good news and bad news. The good news is there is life (of a kind) after this life. The bad news is that Jean-Claude Villeneuve is a necrophiliac.”
    Roberto Bolaño, The Return

  • #5
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”
    Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #6
    W.H. Auden
    “The friends who met here and embraced are gone,
    Each to his own mistake;”
    W.H. Auden

  • #7
    Roberto Bolaño
    “The diseased, anyway, are more interesting than the healthy. The words of the diseased, even those who can manage only a murmur, carry more weight than those of the healthy. Then, too, all healthy people will in the future know disease. That sense of time, ah, the diseased man’s sense of time, what treasure hidden in a desert cave. Then, too the diseased truly bite, whereas the healthy pretend to bite but really only snap at the air. Then, too, then, too, then, too.”
    Roberto Bolaño, 2666

  • #8
    Roberto Bolaño
    “We play at believing ourselves imortal. We delude oursleves in the appraisal of our own works and in our perpetual misappraisal of the works of others. See you at the Nobel, writers say, as one might say: see you in hell.”
    Roberto Bolaño, 2666

  • #9
    Susan Sontag
    “Sanity is a cozy lie.”
    Susan Sontag

  • #10
    Emma Goldman
    “If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.”
    Emma Goldman

  • #11
    Horacio Castellanos Moya
    “Power lacks moral or principles. It only has interests.”
    Horacio Castellanos Moya
    tags: power

  • #12
    László Krasznahorkai
    “...what one ought to capture in beauty is that which is treacherous and irresistible...”
    László Krasznahorkai, War & War

  • #13
    Flann O'Brien
    “I saw that my witticism was unperceived and quietly replaced it in the treasury of my mind.”
    Flann O'Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds

  • #14
    Javier Marías
    “As a young man, he was already rather pompous and full of himself, concerned with what he would write and with his early (and, later, perennial) hatred of Ireland and the Irish. When he had still written only a few poems, he asked his brother Stanislaus: “Don’t you think there is a certain resemblance between the mystery of the Mass and what I am trying to do? I mean that I am trying in my poems to give people some kind of intellectual pleasure or spiritual enjoyment by converting the bread of daily life into something that has a permanent artistic life of its own…for their mental, moral, and spiritual uplift.” When he was older his comparisons may have been less eucharistic and more modest, but he was always convinced of the extreme importance of his work, even before it existed.”
    Javier Marías, Written Lives

  • #15
    Vicente Huidobro
    “The four cardinal points are three: South and North.”
    Vicente Huidobro, Altazor, Or, a Voyage in a Parachute: Poem in VII Cantos

  • #16
    Susan Sontag
    “My library is an archive of longings.”
    Susan Sontag, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

  • #17
    Manny Rayner
    “There's nothing wrong with giving up all your principles for a suitable financial reward. It is indeed the basis of our society.”
    Manny Rayner

  • #18
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

    So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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