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there’s delicacy

“—There are shapes, and … exquisite strength … They both watched his hand move slowly between them. —Change a line without touching it … there’s delicacy.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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art requires a closed space

“—Yes … Stephen whispered, —it’s very delicate work. Why you can change a line without touching it. Yes … “ all art requires a closed space,” ha! 6 more words

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your lifelong companion

“A few critics confessed they could not reach the novel’s conclusion except by skipping. Well, how many have actually arrived at the last page of Proust or completed Finnegans Wake? 46 more words

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if you call that art

“—Painting like she was having an orgasm, if you call that art.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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usefulness

“By prostitution I seem to mean usefulness.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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these serious writers

“—What I get a kick out of is these serious writers who write a book where they say money gives a false significance to art, and then they raise hell when their book doesn’t make any money.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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All books are

“—Of course it’s going to be autobiographical. All books are.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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