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Big Breasts & Wide Hips

[abp: 1611453437] A couple of passages from my first reading of the 2012 Nobel laureate in Literature, Mo Yan: Tears slither down the glass of the display; but this time they’re mine, not hers. How many nights in a person’s life does he find himself with no home to return to? This time last year [...]

On taking failure personally

[abp: 0865479410] …the idea that a person could be ‘a failure’ had sprung directly from the growth of entrepreneurial capitalism … One crucial development … was the emergence of credit rating agencies, whose role was to sit in judgment upon individuals seeking loans from banks, helping the banks determine the risk they would be taking [...]

2/03/13 / Dance

[abp:034549038X] The doctor understood life from so many vistas that he could move easily over and under and around a given situation. Junior, however, had the gift and talent of narrow determination. Only the narrow could be truly brave. -Matthew Pearl’s The Dante Club, pg. 115

Greene on life

[ABP:0142437301] It is one of the strange discoveries a man can make that life, however you lead it, contains moments of exhileration; there are always comparisons which can be made with worse times: even in danger and misery the pendulum swings. -Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory, pg. 59

Kafka on writing

[abp:0307352145] You once said that you would like to sit beside me while I write. Listen, in that case I could not write at all. For writing means revealing oneself to excess; that utmost of self-revelation and surrender, in which a human being, when involved with others, would feel he was losing himself, and from [...]

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