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A Lover's Discourse by Roland Barthes
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Wesley is 50% done with The Counterlife: Most people (beginning with the novelist—himself, his family, just about everyone he knows) are absolutely unoriginal, and his job is to make them appear otherwise. It’s not easy. If Henry was ever going to turn out to be interesting, I was going to have to do it.
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"The tragedy of both world wars brought about an outpouring of literary, artistic and philosophical responses. One response came from the french writer Louis-Ferdinand Celine, who's first novel - Journey to the End of Night, published in 1932, turn..." Read more of this review »
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Vladimir Nabokov
“In reading, one should notice and fondle details. There is nothing wrong about the moonshine of generalization when it comes after the sunny trifles of the book have been lovingly collected. If one begins with a readymade generalization, one begins at the wrong end and travels away from the book before one has started to understand it. Nothing is more boring or more unfair to the author than starting to read, say, Madame Bovary, with the preconceived notion that it is a denunciation of the bourgeoisie. We should always remember that the work of art is invariably the creation of a new world, so that the first thing we should do is to study that new world as closely as possible, approaching it as something brand new, having no obvious connection with the worlds we already know. When this new world has been closely studied, then and only then let us examine its links with other worlds, other branches of knowledge.”
Vladimir Nabokov

Saul Bellow
“Death is the dark backing that a mirror needs if we are to see anything.”
Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift
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Wallace Stevens
“Reality is a cliché from which we escape by metaphor.”
Wallace Stevens, The Necessary Angel: Essays on Reality and the Imagination

Don DeLillo
“Writing is a concentrated form of thinking. I don’t know what I think about certain subjects, even today, until I sit down and try to write about them. Maybe I wanted to find more rigorous ways of thinking. We’re talking now about the earliest writing I did and about the power of language to counteract the wallow of late adolescence, to define things, define muddled experience in economical ways. Let’s not forget that writing is convenient. It requires the simplest tools. A young writer sees that with words and sentences on a piece of paper that costs less than a penny he can place himself more clearly in the world. Words on a page, that’s all it takes to help him separate himself from the forces around him, streets and people and pressures and feelings. He learns to think about these things, to ride his own sentences into new perceptions.”
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