Artistry and reality.
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Perhaps someday the revelation will burst in upon me and I will see the other side of this monumental grotesque joke. And then I’ll laugh. And then I’ll know what life is.

By Sylvia Plath - The Journals of Sylvia Plath (via stoneyxochi)

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The organic unity of a work of literature cannot be taught - or, if it can, I have not discovered a way to teach it. I can suggest from time to time that concrete image is not separate from character, which is revealed in dialogue and point of view, which may be illuminated by simile, which may reveal theme, which is contained in plot as water is contained in an apple. But I cannot tell you how to achieve this. By Janet Burroway (via raedenzen)

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The whole concept of originality is now … officially dead. You don’t meet new ideas and new characters. By

In his lectures on creative writing, William S. Burroughs echoes Mark Twain’s contention that “all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources,” Alexander Graham Bell’s assertion that “our most original compositions are composed exclusively of expressions derived from others,” young Virginia Woolf’s observation that “all the Arts … imitate as far as they can the one great truth that all can see,” and Annie Dillard’s admonition that trying to be original is a mistake because “everything’s been written.”

Pair with Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist

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My first interview for Class Conscience with Dr. Edward J. Nell of the New School for Social Research. He’s one of the greatest economics professors in the world and he was kind enough to share some of his time with me for a 3-part interview. In this first interview, Dr. Nell counters the current narrative in Washington that we need “deficit reduction”.