"Life must be understood backwards; but... it must be lived forward." - Soren Kierkegaard
Friday, October 24, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
"The difference between homicide and suicide is mostly a matter of where you perceive the door top to the cage to be." - David Foster Wallace, in the 1996 novel Infinite Jest.
Last month, Wallace committed suicide.
"We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words." - John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman
"I like them to talk nonsense. That's man's one privilege over all creation. Through error you come to the truth! I am a man because I err! You never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen." - from Crime and Punishment
"Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!" - from Moby Dick
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Prof John Sutherland: "If the grey men of Stockholm felt daring (they never do) they could give [the Nobel Prize for Literature] to the best living American poet, Robert Zimmerman [aka Bob Dylan]."
"Writers have always spat in the soup of the high and mighty". - Günter Grass
"Bad men do what good men dream."