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    Gregory Rabassa
    “Every act of communication is an act of translation.”
    Gregory Rabassa

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    Gregory Rabassa
    “So the poor translator must not just go back and forth between two languages, but if he is worthy of his calling must shift between two selves, with all the perils of this induced schizophrenia.”
    Gregory Rabassa, If This Be Treason: Translation and its Dyscontents: A Memoir

  • #3
    Gregory Rabassa
    “The translator, we should know, is a writer too. As a matter of fact, he could be called the ideal writer because all he has to do is write; plot, theme, characters, and all other essentials have already been provided, so he can just sit down and write his ass off. (p. 8)”
    Gregory Rabassa, If This Be Treason: Translation and its Dyscontents: A Memoir

  • #4
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Let everything happen to you
    Beauty and terror
    Just keep going
    No feeling is final”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • #5
    Olivia Laing
    “There is a gentrification that is happening to cities, and there is a gentrification that is happening to the emotions too, with a similarly homogenising, whitening, deadening effect. Amidst the glossiness, of late capitalism, we are fed the notion that all difficult feeling - depression, anxiety, loneliness, rage - are simply a consequence of unsettled chemistry, a problem to be fixed, rather than a response to structural injustice or, on the other hand, to the native texture of embodiment, of doing time, as David Wojnarowicz memorably put it, in a rented body, with all the attendant grief and frustration that entails.”
    Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone



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