I am making a synonym for the truth with all its falsehoods, oblique as it...– Julian Schnabel in a statement from 1978
Beckett could say, “Try again, fail again, fail better.” But why call it failure? Why not say you have a sense of gratitude you’re able to do as much as you did? You’re able to love as much, think as much, play as much. Why think you needed the whole thing? […] [E]vacuate the language of disappointment and the language of failure. * from The Examined Life
Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had...– Roland Barthes from Fragments on the Discourse of Love (linebreaks mine)
If the Victorians are known for their denial of the reality of sex, Gibson said,...– Malcolm MacIver in reference to a talk by William Gibson
Enrique Granados (arrangement: Gaspar Cassado) ...
Later, when he had time to reflect on these events, he would manage to piece...– Paul Auster from City of Glass
My personal caveat: women are as guilty of writing the non-complex woman as men are. Often including the writing of their own lives. I think it’s necessary to prioritize non-traumatic events as much as traumatic. (Of course, trauma’s easy to pick on because our contemporary storytelling casually uses psychological language more than it has in the past.) I might add that it’s...
Thought I had a small crush on Jeremy Denk before. His once-upon-a-time blog warmed my lap almost daily. Without thinking, I wrote lap. Meant something more like head (maybe). And now!
If you’re traveling through an airport, you’re going to be passing lots and lots of people. And within a few minutes, you’ll have passed more people than most of our remote human ancestors would ever have seen in their entire lives. - Kwame Anthony Appiah in The Examined Life