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Big Breasts & Wide Hips

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 I was [...]

On taking failure personally

…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 by making [...]

2/03/13 / Dance

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

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

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 which, [...]

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