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  • #1
    Simone Weil
    “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
    Simone Weil

  • #2
    Simone Weil
    “All sins are attempts to fill voids.”
    Simone Weil

  • #3
    Umberto Eco
    “When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.”
    Umberto Eco

  • #4
    Umberto Eco
    “The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.”
    Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality

  • #5
    Umberto Eco
    “Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.”" -”
    Umberto Eco

  • #6
    Alexander Chee
    “A novel, should it survive, protects what a missile can't.”
    Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

  • #7
    Philip K. Dick
    “What does a scanner see? he asked himself. I mean, really see? Into the head? Down into the heart? Does a passive infrared scanner like they used to use or a cube-type holo-scanner like they use these days, the latest thing, see into me - into us - clearly or darkly? I hope it does, he thought, see clearly, because I can't any longer these days see into myself. I see only murk. Murk outside; murk inside. I hope, for everyone's sake, the scanners do better. Because, he thought, if the scanner sees only darkly, the way I myself do, then we are cursed, cursed again and like we have been continually, and we'll wind up dead this way, knowing very little and getting that little fragment wrong too.”
    Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

  • #8
    Philip K. Dick
    “This has been a novel about some people who were punished entirely too much for what they did. They wanted to have a good time, but they were like children playing in the street; they could see one after another of them being killed--run over, maimed, destroyed--but they continued to play anyhow. We really all were very happy for a while, sitting around not toiling but just bullshitting and playing, but it was for such a terrible brief time, and then the punishment was beyond belief: even when we could see it, we could not believe it. For example, while I was writing this I learned that the person on whom the character Jerry Fabin is based killed himself. My friend on whom I based the character Ernie Luckman died before I began the novel. For a while I myself was one of these children playing in the street; I was, like the rest of them, trying to play instead of being grown up, and I was punished. I am on the list below, which is a list of those to whom this novel is dedicated, and what became of each.
    Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error in judgment. When a bunch of people begin to do it, it is a social error,a life-style. In this particular life-style the motto is "Be happy now because tomorrow you are dying," but the dying begins almost at once, and the happiness is a memory. It is, then, only a speeding up, an intensifying, of the ordinary human existence. It is not different from your life-style, it is only faster. It all takes place in days or weeks or months instead of years. "Take the cash and let the credit go," as Villon said in 1460. But that is a mistake if the cash is a penny and the credit a whole lifetime.
    There is no moral in this novel; it is not bourgeois; it does not say they were wrong to play when they should have toiled;it just tells what the consequences were. In Greek drama they were beginning, as a society, to discover science, which means causal law. Here in this novel there is Nemesis: not fate, because any one of us could have chosen to stop playing in the street, but, as I narrate from the deepest part of my life and heart, a dreadful Nemesis for those who kept on playing. I myself,I am not a character in this novel; I am the novel. So, though, was our entire nation at this time. This novel is about more people than I knew personally. Some we all read about in the newspapers. It was, this sitting around with our buddies and bullshitting while making tape recordings, the bad decision of the decade, the sixties, both in and out of the establishment. And nature cracked down on us. We were forced to stop by things dreadful.
    If there was any "sin," it was that these people wanted to keep on having a good time forever, and were punished for that, but, as I say, I feel that, if so, the punishment was far too great, and I prefer to think of it only in a Greek or morally neutral way, as mere science, as deterministic impartial cause-and-effect. I loved them all. Here is the list, to whom I dedicate my love:

    To Gaylene deceased
    To Ray deceased
    To Francy permanent psychosis
    To Kathy permanent brain damage
    To Jim deceased
    To Val massive permanent brain damage
    To Nancy permanent psychosis
    To Joanne permanent brain damage
    To Maren deceased
    To Nick deceased
    To Terry deceased
    To Dennis deceased
    To Phil permanent pancreatic damage
    To Sue permanent vascular damage
    To Jerri permanent psychosis and vascular damage

    . . . and so forth.
    In Memoriam.
    These were comrades whom I had; there are no better. They remain in my mind, and the enemy will never be forgiven. The "enemy" was their mistake in playing. Let them all play again, in some other way, and let them be happy.”
    Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

  • #9
    Wolfgang Streeck
    “Higher taxes to bring down public debt would also put to rest the tawdry rhetoric according to which ‘we’ should not live at the expense of ‘our children’ – when the real problem is that the ‘better-off’ live at everyone else’s expense by largely avoiding the social costs involved in the upkeep of their hunting grounds.”
    Wolfgang Streeck, Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism