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"[F]or Mallarme, as for us, it is language which speaks, not the author: to write is to reach … that point where language alone acts, “performs,” and not “oneself”

Roland Barthes, The Death of the Author

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"A man sings / by opening his / mouth a man / sings by opening / his lungs by / turning himself into air / a flute can / be made of a man / nothing is explained / a flue lays / on its side / and prays a wind / might enter it / and make of it / at least / a small final song"

Ross Gay, "ode to the flute"

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"A time came when none of us could use the figure without mutilating it."

Mark Rothko

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"A “philosopher” and a “poet” are not constructed in the same manner;"

Michel Foucault, What is an Author?

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"All of my father's Biblical texts and songs, which I had decided were meaningless, were ranged before me at his death like empty bottles, waiting to hold the meaning which life would give them for me."

James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son, qtd. By Toni Morrison, A Site of Memory

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"and it is our dreams that point the way to freedom."

Audre Lorde, "Poetry Is Not a Luxury"

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"And now all I can do is smile / And fade into the background"

Ne-Yo, "Fade Into the Background"

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"And questions with no answer we will ask."

Friedrich Gundolf unknown poem, tr. By Gordon C. Wells?

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"And then his text fills those bottles."

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"And, nothing himself, beholds / Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is."

Wallace Stevens, "The Snow Man"

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"As for the point of view, there should be the illusion that it's the characters' point of view, when in fact it isn't; it's really the narrator who is there but who doesn't make herself (in my case) known in that role."

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"Autumn brought the rains to the island."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"but what I do remember is the color around her--"

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"But what I remember most is how the women said her name:"

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"Education makes sense because women and men learn that through learning they can make and remake themselves”

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Indignation

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"For there are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt--"

Audre Lorde, "Poetry Is Not a Luxury"

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"He felt the change when he stepped into the circle. Now there was nothing except silence, the forms it adopted in this place."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"He laid his hand on the lower stone … and rememebred the name of the man he had buried not far from here, the sorrow, and the word that had existed for it."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"He sat down and thought about the people who lived there thousands of years ago. What were their voices like?"

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"He shuddered at the cry that made the silence unbearable."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"He stands there in the headlights surrounded by rain, a mad king calling for his daughters. It looks like he's singing."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"Her white body makes all the correct forms. The shoes dance her and dance her. She can never stop."

Joan Fleming, “Notes Toward a Theory of Making”

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"I am directly quoting Rothko when I'm layering."

Makato Fujimura, "Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous"

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"I build my little popsicle stick city of Things I Have Done. I sing my little song of worthy, worthy."

Joan Fleming, “Notes Toward a Theory of Making”

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"I don't know why I was so shocked by my mother's death … 'Francoise de Beauvoir': the words brought her to life; they summed up her her history,"

Simone de Beauvior, A Very Easy Death, qtd. in Toni Morrison, A Site of Memory

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"I had to to something. I was in such a rage because my father was dead … It was my way of exploring all that, of trying to figure out what he may have known."

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"I see the house where I grew up in Lorain, Ohio."

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"I see them walking, together, away from me. I'm looking at their backs and what they're carrying in their arms:"

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"I think the fact that people are still engaged in a dialogue, in a relationship with his work--probably the best thing any artist could wish for."

Alfred Molina on Mark Rothko

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"I used to think that a dead person's words die with them. Now I know that they scatter, looking for meaning to attach to like a scent."

Victoria Chang, "Obit"

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"If writing is thinking and discovery and selection and order and meaning, it is also awe and reverence and mystery and magic."

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"In the field with thistles the man with the revolver was still waiting."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"It had been a long time since anyone had touched him. He couldn't do it either. His body did not seem to exist. When he searched for it, it was always somewhere else."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"It is not summer's flowering that now lies before us, but a polar night of icy darkness and hardness…"

Max Weber, tr. by Gordon C. Wells, Science as a Vocation

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"It was clear that his father was close to death."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"mixtapes used to come from people with crushes on us and now they come from algorithms"

Eugenia Zuroski on Twitter

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"My mother used to collected orange blosssoms in a small shallow bowl. I pass the tree each spring."

Victoria Chang, "Obit"

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"My parents had a garden some distance away from our house, and they didn't welcome me and my sister there, when we were young, because we were not able to distinguish between the things that they wanted to grow and the things they didn't, so we were not able to hoe, or weed, until much later."

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"My route is the reverse: The image comes first and tells me what the 'memory' is about."

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"Now that the sun was setting he could see his shadow on the blackened slate. Ink on ink, the absence of self as long as he didn't move."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"On foot / I had to walk through the solar systems, / before I found the thread of my red dress. / Already, I sense myself."

Edith Södergran tr. Stina Katchadourian “On Foot I Had to Walk Through the Solar Systems”

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"Our poems formulate the implications of ourselves,"

Audre Lorde, "Poetry Is Not a Luxury"

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"Slowly it grew dark, he heard the pebbles in the stream rolling softly against each other, quietly clicking and grinding, a sound they also made in his absence."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"That night he dreamt of a building he had never seen, a man in a blinding haze of light who kept his face hidden."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"That way I can explore two worlds -- the actual and the possible."

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"the act of invention is bound up with memory."

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"The afternoon burnt like straw, he longed for the river and the soft-voiced boats. He knew that his conteinued existence was due solely to his addiction to thought, the chains of words he draped over thighs that remained unnableable despite their names."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"The horizon of archaeology, therefore, is not a science, a rationality, a mentality, a culture; it is a tangle of interpositivities whose limits and points of intersection cannot be fixed in a single operation."

Michel Foucault The Archaeology of Knowledge

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"The movement of a canoe is like a reed in the wind. Silence is part of it, and the sounds of lapping water, bird songs, and wind in the trees.  It is part of the medium through which it floats, the sky, the water, the shores." 

Sigurd F. Olson, The Singing Wilderness

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"The river is townless, yet the river is town, for without the river there is no town."

Sina Queyras, "Even the idea  of the river"

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"these people are my access to me;"

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"This is a superficial statement and sounds paradoxical, and yet there is truth in it."

Max Weber, tr. by Gordon C. Wells, Science as a Vocation

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"This, however, means the disenchantment of the world."

Max Weber, tr. by Gordon C. Wells, Science as a Vocation

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"Wanting water and finding death."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"when first putting in my two bare root plum trees / out back I took the jar which as become / my father's house, / and lonely for him and hoping to caox him back / fro my mother as much as me, / poured some of him in the planting holes / and he dove in glad for the robust air, / saddling a slight gust / into my nose and mouth, / chuckling as I coughed,"

Ross Gay, "burial"

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"When he looked back once again from a distance, he saw a circle of men and women standing around him."

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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"Which is why the images that float around them -- the remains, so to speak, at the archealogical site -- surface first, and they surface so vividly and so compellingly that I acknowledge them as my route to a reconstruction of a world, to an exploration of an interior life that was not written and to the revelation of a kind of truth."

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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"Without the river June never comes"

Sina Queyras, "Even the idea  of the river"

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"Without the river nothing passes. Without the river stillness."

Sina Queyras, "Even the idea  of the river"

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"You know, they straightened out the Mississippi River in places, to make room for houses and liveable acreage. Occassionally the river floods these places. "Floods" is the word they use, but in fact it is not flooding; it is remembering. Remembering where it used to be. All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was."

Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"

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“[Books with authors] are objects of appropriation; the form of property they have become is of a particular type whose legal codification was accomplished some years ago.”

Michel Foucault, What Is an Author?

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“A witch brings change to the seen world using unseen forces; a witch gestures through the veil between worlds.”

Elissa Washuta, “White Witchery”

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“After school, children pitched their stones into the current.”

Idra Novey, Those Who Knew

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“But even now I am perhaps not speaking from myself: but from some character in whose soul I now live. I am sure however that this next sentence is from myself.”

John Keats, Letter to Richard Woodhouse

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“But gradually we begin to feel that the author is distracting our attention from his own characters.”

“Philip Rahv, “From Surrealism to Socialism” The Nation 1936

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“By taking contradictions as objects to be described, archaeological analysis does not try tot discover in their place a common form or theme, it tires to determine the extent and form of the gap that separates them.”

Michel Foucault The Archaeology of Knowledge (152)

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“Discourse is the path from one contradiction to another: if it gives rise to those that can be seen, it is because it obeys that which it hides.”

Michel Foucault The Archaeology of Knowledge (151)

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“Education makes sense because the world is not necessarily this or that, because human beings are as much projects themselves as they may have projects, or a vision, for the world.”

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Indignation

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“I drag squares of colour into their arrangements: faces, caves, dogs, camp spots. The boxes of text are Alice Nampijinpa’s words, Ambrose’s translations, my selections. I post the photo book and it is exclaimed over and carried for a time, and then it is lost. Lost, or did it get caught in the rain? I make another and post it and it is carried for a time and then it is lost.”

Joan Fleming, “Notes Toward a Theory of Making”

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“Identity is never solidified and always in flux. Instead of a single, unchanging self, we might consider a ‘liquid self’, one more verb than noun.”

Nathan Jurgenson, Researcher, Snapchat

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“if I am any thing, I am a Member”

John Keats, Letter to Richard Woodhouse

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“It is veiled, but not as you’d expect”

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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“Its stories are the murmurs between innings. They are the pitches that make up a game. They careen off the wall and roll into dark corners. The game is played in fragments. Meanings accrue. Memories interrupt history. Each of us should be an umpire.”

Josh Ostergaard, “The Devil’s Snake Curve.”

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“Kill the I? Okay, so maybe there are reasons. But not to censor entire swatches of subject matter, instead to adjust the lens, widen it to a flash that begins exactly at the point self-involvement fades or at least morphs to something far more mysterious--and interesting.”

Marianne Boruch, “The Little Death of Self”

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“Later, all he remembered of that journey was the goodbye, not who from.”

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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“No ideas but in things.”

William Carlos Williams, Paterson”

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“None of it’s you, really. Just you in this place.”

Taneum Bambrick, “Gaps”

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“Not ideas but things”

Sharon Olds Introduction to Vantage

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“Once, we counted four hundred recreators in one stretch. Spiraling footballs. Different stations of the same country music. None of them thinking their noise as a kind of violence. The steady motions of a deer’s head as it swam, displaced, between those thin islands.”

Taneum Bambrick, “Body Counting”

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“One last thought about this, or maybe just an image.”

Marianne Boruch, “The Little Death of Self”

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“Poetry doesn’t simply supplement the rational intellect but provides inherent and sometimes incommensurable forms of insight. Because its meanings are neither quantitative nor verifiable, poetry may offer different, subtler, and more complex expressions than the language of information and commerce.”

Forrest Gander, Redstart

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“The ideas belong to what is said, and not to what is seen.”

J. H. Matthews “Fifty Years Later: The Manifesto of Surrealism

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“The imagination, unifying sensibility and reason, becomes "productive" as it becomes practical: a guiding force in the reconstruction of reality…”

Herbert Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation

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“The liberation of the past does not end in its reconciliation with the present. Against the self-imposed restraint of the discoverer, the orientation on the past tends toward an orientation on the future.”

Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization

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“The number of lives in an old body is unbearable.”

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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“The red dirt writes a story on you and when you go back to town, it takes a while, but you will wash it off.”

Joan Fleming “Notes Toward a Theory of Making”

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“there is a red thread that runs through all of Carson’s work, which suggests all lives are fundamentally opaque, their motivations mysterious even to those who live them.”

Joan Fleming “Talk (why?) with mute ash” Anne Carson’s Nox as Therapeutic Biography

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“There is a sense in Carson’s translation that the act of farewelling the dead can perhaps never be done”

Joan Fleming “Talk (why?) with mute ash” Anne Carson’s Nox as Therapeutic Biography

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“There is no definitive cure for grief, only better questions.”

Joan Fleming “Talk (why?) with mute ash” Anne Carson’s Nox as Therapeutic Biography

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“This made lake. // As empty as / water gets”

Taneum Bambrick, “Reservoir”

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“Through his mask he saw a school of green fish that moved like a single body.”

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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“Through postmodern habits of pastiche and fragmentation, and in line with her philosophical preoccupation with opacity, Carson works to give the mystery a compelling shape.”

Joan Fleming “Talk (why?) with mute ash” Anne Carson’s Nox as Therapeutic Biography

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“Transmigration of the soul does not happen after but during a life”

Cees Nooteboom & Max Neumann, tr. David Colmer, Self-Portrait of an Other

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“We both stare down / the ocean to stillness. // O, Carrie— / what are you trying / to tell me here? // I’ve been standing by water / my whole dame life / trying to get saved.”

Tiana Clark “Bear Witness”

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“We tell beginnings: for the flesh and the answer, / or the look, the lake in the eye that knows, / for the despair that flows down in widest rivers, / cloud of home; and also the green tree of grace, / all in the leaf, in the love that gives us ourselves.”

Muriel Rukeyser “Elegy in Joy”

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“What, for them, is a lacuna, an omission, an error is, for me, a deliberate, methodical exclusion.”

Michel Foucault The Archaeology of Knowledge

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“when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason—”

John Keats, Letter on Negative Capability

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“When my feet were finally in the water I looked at her and said, the river is deep, and fast, and it drowns many people, but I still love it. I still love the river, I told her. But I do not love it because it is deep, and fast, and drowns many people. I love it because it runs behind my house, and I have lived above it forever.”

Mark Leidner “The River”

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“When you see me again, it won’t be me”

The man from another place, Twin Peaks

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“With the pleasure of an avoidance activity, I assemble a book of photos on my laptop instead of writing the thesis chapter that feels like a chore.”

Joan Fleming “Notes Toward a Theory of Making”