Is it a waste to study something
you are never tested on?
No, you freaking lowlife
from “Waste” by Emily Toder
Henri Cartier-Bresson - Aspen, Colorado, 1970
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He coveted nothing that was Frank Shabata’s. The spirit he had met in music was his own. Frank Shabata had never found it; would never find it if it he lived beside it a thousand years; would have destroyed it if he found it as Herod slew the innocents, as Rome slew the martyrs.
The tree lay down
on the garage roof
and stretched, You
have your heaven,
it said, go to it.
An illegal dumping area, seen just off the New Jersey Turnpike, facing Manhattan across the Hudson River, in March of 1973. To the south is the landfill area of the proposed Liberty State Park — which was built and opened in 1976. (Gary Miller/NARA) #
If I am not able to write because I’m afraid of being a bad writer, then I must be a bad writer. At least I’ll be writing.
“Madame Bovary” original manuscript by Gustave Flaubert.
Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
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BUT I thought as I lay tossing and turning unable to sleep last night—this same successful woman, widely published, surrounded by successful men—and a loving husband. Walked into a river one March day. All the layers in work that the critics never never never reach—like the fathomless bottom of the sea—are in that fact.
—Susan Howe, writing about Virginia Woolf in a letter to Lyn Hejinian
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