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The Silent History
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My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgård
"that statistic about how often the average man thinks of sex? well, double it, change 'sex' to 'death' and you have a hint as to what's going on in my head. the thought that (spoiler) you, me, and everyone we know, ever will know, and/or ever will..." Read more of this review »
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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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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.”
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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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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

Henry David Thoreau
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
Henry David Thoreau

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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.
Flashing Fragments (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Flash fiction.
The Unapologetic Clawings at Reality's Apron Strings (Drama)
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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:
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