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Copulo, ergo sum

“Copulo, ergo sum. Eh? Carne, O te felicem!”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

you didn’t do it

“—How you would have done it. That’s the way everything is, isn’t it. How you would have done it. Not how it should have been done, but how you would have done it. 44 more words

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"Mothers" -- William Gaddis

“Mothers” by William Gaddis

When Ralph Waldo Emerson informed—or rather, perhaps, warned us—that we are what our mothers made us, we might dismiss it as received opinion and let it go at that, like the broken clock which is right twice a day, like the self-evident answer contained in Freud’s oft-quoted query “What do women want?” when, as nature’s handmaid, she must want what nature wants which is, quite simply, More. 447 more words

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coughed and stopped talking

“Otto offered a cigarette. Hannah did not smoke; and so the only way to impress her was to blow some in her direction. She coughed and stopped talking.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

virtue is regarded as proof of stupidity

“There were poets here who painted; painters who criticized music; composers who reviewed novels; unpublished novelists who wrote poetry: but a poet entering might recall Petrarch finding the papal court at Avignon a “sewer of every vice, where virtue is regarded as proof of stupidity, and prostitution leads to fame.””

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

Thomas Wolfe - neglected author.

Here’s a piece on Thomas Wolfe I wrote a little while ago.

Shine a little light on me:


the forgotten life and legacy of Thomas Wolfe… 3,183 more words

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They do that to confuse people

“—Look! said the Town Carpenter, waving a book from the floor. —Balloons! … Then he added, —Damn them, the French. Someone’s written it in the French language. 18 more words

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