You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not to die.
Archives for June 2016
A good photographer must love life more than he does photography.
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.
I’ve had a wonderful time, but this wasn’t it.
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.
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.
The best method for writing is to do it.
Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting.
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
Four things come not back: The spoken word, The sped arrow, The past life, The neglected opportunity.