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To refrain from storytelling is perhaps one of the highest forms of respect we can pay. Those people, with no stories to circle them, can die without being misunderstood.Ben Marcus
"Also, I finally got around to Lipsyte, somewhat recently, specifically Home Land, and totally loved it. Want to read more, for sure. "
You Were Wrong by Matthew Sharpe
"A sad, self-reflective dweeb for a narrator, thrown through a weird conspiracy/shenanigan circus. Sharpe is quicker and shorter than David Foster Wallace, more modern than Thomas Pynchon, but like both of them he loves long, elaborate, clever sent..." Read more of this review »
"I guess I'd say (now very late to respond) to start with You Were Wrong and then go onto Jamestown. His first book, a short stories collection, Storie...more "
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Joshua Nomen-Mutatio and 46 other people liked karen's review of Quack This Way:
Quack This Way by David Foster Wallace
"this book is the transcript of a video interview/conversation between david foster wallace and bryan a. garner that took place in 2006, several years after dfw wrote this amazing essay/review of bryan a. garner's Garner's Modern American Usage:

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Gautama Buddha
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
Gautama Buddha

Rainer Maria Rilke
“We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Translations from the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Friedrich Nietzsche
“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Albert Camus
“Live to the point of tears.”
Albert Camus

Cormac McCarthy
“The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning.

The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man's mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others.”
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

The Feeding Stage (Ongoing Bits) (Literature & Fiction)
5 chapters   —   updated Feb 03, 2013 11:46PM
Description: Throwing out some bits 'n' pieces from a larger thing I'm working on. Testing out some of these bits, against better judgment, for some reason. I should probably just keep working on making the lengthier thing coherent, but here I am, making probably poor choices by emitting bits on a website that only a couple people, at best, will read. It'll be better in a cohered, larger form than in this bits 'n' pieces form. Hopefully. I guess I'm just looking for feedback, bit by bit.
My Favorite Books Published In 2012 (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Nov 28, 2012 03:59AM
Description: Year of the Mayan Conspiracy Theory, Faves
Flashing Fragments (Literature & Fiction)
4 chapters   —   updated Nov 18, 2012 04:47AM
Description: Flash fiction.
The Kingdom of Ends (Fragments in Progress) (Literature & Fiction)
7 chapters   —   updated Nov 16, 2012 06:40AM
Description: Various short fiction things in various states of completion, highly incomplete for the most part. There's an overarching vision of them being loosely interconnected while also being distinct and standalone. Heady ideas about cause and effect, the paths in between, the end-goal meaning of things, etc, conveyed through (hopefully) entertaining stories about fairly relatable human things.
Exercises in Hint Fiction (Literature & Fiction)
10 chapters   —   updated Jan 18, 2012 03:12PM
Description: Hint fiction is a structure that finds flash fiction to be too wordy and as such limits "stories" to 25 words or less. Discovered this amusing, writerly exercise and began rattling a few off over at Karen Brissette's review of a hint fiction anthology:
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