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the perfect Odette

“I’ll do it just like Proust did, write it about simply everyone I know and then just go through and change boys’ names to girls, I know the perfect Odette …”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

find the pages blank

“Even taking up a book she had read (Esther admired Henry James, but she trusted D. H. Lawrence), he did so anxiously, as though he might find the pages blank, the words eaten away by that hunger.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

more than they know

“—Never interrupt people when they’re telling you more than they know they are, no matter how mad they make you.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

it’s unique

“—I really prefer books. No matter how bad a book is, it’s unique, but people are all so ordinary.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

the intricate labyrinth of her mind

“Esther liked books out where everyone could see them, a sort of graphic index to the intricate labyrinth of her mind arrayed to impress the most casual guest, a system of immediate introduction which she had found to obtain in a number of grimy intellectual households in Greenwich Village. 28 more words

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that sudden familiarity

Everybody has that feeling when they look at a work of art and it’s right, that sudden familiarity, a sort of … recognition, as though they were creating it themselves, as though it were being created through them while they look at it or listen to it and, it shouldn’t be sinful to want to have created beauty?

William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature