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WILLIAM2 WILLIAM2 said: " Another of William Faulkner’s children, like Toni Morrison. But with her own distinctive style and tone, like Morrison. I must read her Salvage the Bones. ...more "

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WILLIAM2 WILLIAM2 said: " I think this is the coolest book I’ve bought in some time. It tracks the development of the idea of Satan in literary terms from Gilgamesh (c. 2100 BCE) through the writings of Augustine (c. 400 CE). It’s fascinating to read of the variations of the ...more "

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In our estrangement from nature we have severed our sense of the community of life and lost touch with the experience of other animals.
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Benjamin Franklin
“They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

—written for the Pennsylvania Assembly in its Reply to the Governor, 11 November 1755”
Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin Volume 2

Cynthia Ozick
“The novella will be called, I think, “The Messiah of Stockholm.” It takes place in Stockholm. I’d better say no more, or the Muse will wipe it out.”
Cynthia Ozick, The Messiah of Stockholm

“Love as a concrete foundation for an authentically functional civilization requires the around-the-clock labors of forgiveness. Without it, Love fails, Friendship fails, Intelligence fails, Humanity: fails.”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

Jonathan Swift
“Whatever reader desires to have a thorough comprehension of an author's thoughts cannot take a better method than by putting himself into the circumstances and postures of life that the author was in upon every important passage as it flowed from his pen; for this will introduce a parity and strict correspondence of ideas between the reader and the author. Now, to assist the diligent reader in so delicate an affair, as far as brevity will permit, I have recollected that the shrewdest pieces of this treatise were conceived in bed in a garret; at other times (for a reason best known to myself) I thought fit to sharpen my invention with hunger; and in general, the whole work was begun, continued, and ended under a long course of physic and great want of money.”
Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub

Norman Mailer
“I find it’s more fun to write about something that you don’t know completely and that you will discover on route. A dear friend of mine...once said: 'The only time I know anything is when it comes to me at the point of my pen.' So I think that if you start to write about things that you know half well, that you’re fascinated by, that you sense you have an appreciation of that others might not have, but you do have to acquire the knowledge as you go, you discover a great many things at the point of a pen. And it keeps the writing alive in itself in a way.
(in an interview with Martin Amis, 1991, see YouTube)”
Norman Mailer

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