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J. Frank Dobie
“The average PhD thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one gaveyard to another.”
J. Frank Dobie
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“If the regular length of a shot is increased, one becomes bored, but if you keep on making it longer, a new quality emerges, a special intensity of attention.' At first there can be a friction between our expectations of time and Tarkovsky-time and this friction is increasing in the twenty-first century as we move further and further away from Tarkovsky-time towards moron-time in which nothing can last—and no one can concentrate on anything—for longer than about two seconds.”
Geoff Dyer, Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room

Tove Jansson
“Sophia and Grandmother sat down by the shore to discuss the matter further. It was a pretty day, and the sea was running a long, windless swell. It was on days just like this--dog days--that boats went sailing off all by themselves. Large, alien objects made their way in from sea, certain things sank and others rose, milk soured, and dragonflies danced in desperation. Lizards were not afraid. When the moon came up, red spiders mated on uninhabited skerries, where the rock became an unbroken carpet of tiny, ecstatic spiders.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“I'm not a drug salesman. I'm a writer."

"What makes you think a writer isn't a drug salesman?”
Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

“...if mankind was put on earth to create works of art, then other people were put on earth to comment on those works, to say what they think of them. Not to judge objectively or critically assess these works but to articulate their feelings about them with as much precision as possible, without seeking to disguise the vagaries of their nature, their lapses of taste and the contingency of their own experiences, even if those feelings are of confusion, uncertainty or-in this case-undiminished wonder.”
Geoff Dyer, Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room

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