a journal of observations, obsessions and inspirations

June2016

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Margaret Atwood

All writers learn from the dead. As long as you continue to write, you continue to explore the work of writers who have preceded you; you also feel judged and held to account by them. But you don’t learn only from writers – you can learn from ancestors in all their forms. Because the dead control the past, they control the stories, and also certain kinds of truth.

MARGARET ATWOOD
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Edward Blishen

The work was like peeling an onion. The outer skin came off with difficulty, but in no time you’d be down to its innards, tears streaming from your eyes as more and more beautiful reductions became possible.

EDWARD BLISHEN
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Benny Goodman

Sometimes when you start losing detail, whether it’s in music or in life, something as small as failing to be polite, you start to lose substance.

BENNY GOODMAN
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James Joyce

Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.

JAMES JOYCE
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Arabian Proverb

Four things come not back: The spoken word, The sped arrow, The past life, The neglected opportunity.

ARABIAN PROVERB
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