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“Life is agid, life is fulgid. Life is what the least of us make most of us feel the least of us make the most of. Life is a burgeoning, a quickening of the dim primordial urge in the murky wastes of time.”
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Friedrich Nietzsche
“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
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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

Franz Kafka
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
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Bertrand Russell
“To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3-parts dead.”
Bertrand Russell

Thomas Pynchon
“The rest of us, not chosen for enlightenment, left on the outside of Earth, at the mercy of a Gravity we have only begun to learn how to detect and measure, must go on blundering inside our front-brain faith in Kute Korrespondences, hoping that for each psi-synthetic taken from Earth's soul there is a molecule, secular, more or less ordinary and named, over here - kicking endlessly among the plastic trivia, finding in each Deeper Significance and trying to string them all together like terms of a power series hoping to zero in on the tremendous and secret Function whose name, like the permuted names of God, cannot be spoken... plastic saxophone reed sounds of unnatural timbre, shampoo bottle ego-image, Cracker Jack prize one-shot amusement, home appliance casing fairing for winds of cognition, baby bottles tranquilization, meat packages disguise of slaughter, dry-cleaning bags infant strangulation, garden hoses feeding endlessly the desert... but to bring them together, in their slick persistence and our preterition... to make sense out of, to find the meanest sharp sliver of truth in so much replication, so much waste... [Gravity's Rainbow, p. 590]”
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The Feeding Stage (Ongoing Bits) (Literature & Fiction)
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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)
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Description: An Accidental and Purple Tribute To Chris Sastre that began as yet one more complimentary comment about his glorious online visage and my inability to separate it from what I imagine him to look like.
Exercises in Hint Fiction (Literature & Fiction)
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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: http://tinyurl.com/7j3tl9s
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