Tag Archives: Reading

Flicker, Twitch

“We are all limited in our freedom by the capacity to hurt other people.”

                 –Peter France

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Imperious Unity

“We see the depth, the smoothness, the softness, the hardness of objects; Cézanne even claimed that we see their odor. If the painter is to express the world, the arrangement of his colors must carry with it this invisible whole, or else his picture will only hint at things and will not give them in the imperious unity, the presence, the insurpassable plenitude which is for us the definition of the real. That is why each brush stroke must satisfy an infinite number of conditions. Cézanne sometimes pondered for hours at a time before putting down a certain stroke, for, as Bernard said, each stroke must ‘contain the air, the light, the object, the composition, the character, the outline, and the style.’ Expressing what exists is an endless task.”


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“There seem to be three levels of readership: at the bottom, those who go after ‘human interest’; in the middle, the people who want ideas, packaged thought about Life and Truth; at the top, the proper readers, who go for style.”
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Risk, Reward

“I’m inclined to think that reading silently cannot really approximate the poem’s power. For me it is an aural experience: no music, no poem.”

                                                                                             –W. D. Snodgrass

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Rejection Slips

“As readers, we remain in the nursery stage as long as we cannot distinguish between taste and judgment, so long, that is, as the only possible verdicts we can pass on a book are two: this I like, this I don’t like.”

                                                                                                 –W. H. Auden

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Interviewer: Did you know as a child you wanted to be a writer?

Toni Morrison: No, I wanted to be a reader.

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Contributor Notes

“Writers are, in the first place, readers. I tell every writer I’ve ever known, either they are deep readers or they cannot become real writers. Read only the best and most challenging and traditional. And reread it.” –Harold Bloom

“Everybody should advertise while they are alive.” –Elbert Hubbard

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“We are developing new types of destitutes—the automobileless, the yachtless, the Newportcottageless. The subtlest luxuries become necessities, and their loss is bitterly resented. The discontent of today reaches very high in the social scale….The end of it is vexation of spirit.”

                                                                                             –Walter Weyl

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“It would only be necessary for a writer to secure universal popularity if imagination and intelligence were equally distributed among all men.”

                                                                                      –W. H. Auden

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