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Friday Quick Quote: Solzhenitsyn’s “The Gulag Archipelago”

“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil,… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Solzhenitsyn’s “The Gulag Archipelago”

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Friday Quick Quote: Karen Maitland’s ‘Company of Liars’

“Home is the place you return to when you have finally lost your soul. Home is the place where life is born, not the place of your birth, but the place where you seek rebirth. When you no longer have to remember which tale of your own past is true and which is an invention,… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Karen Maitland’s ‘Company of Liars’

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Friday Quick Quote: ‘Love Walked In”

“It was the first time! Just because there weren’t fireworks the first time doesn’t mean there will never be fireworks. We’re human; we’re adults; we teach each other; we communicate; fireworks don’t just go off, wham-bang; fireworks evolve!’ Awestruck by the utter, asinine nonsense of this metaphor, everyone is still. Into the stillness, the ample… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: ‘Love Walked In”

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Friday Quick Quote: Banana Yoshimoto’s ‘Goodbye Tsugumi’

“Each one of us continues to carry the heart of each self we’ve ever been, at every stage along the way, and a chaos of everything good and rotten. And we have to carry this weight all alone, through each day that we live. We try to be as nice as we can to the… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Banana Yoshimoto’s ‘Goodbye Tsugumi’

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Friday Quick Quote: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘This Side of Paradise’

“What a wonderful song, she thought – everything was wonderful tonight, most of all this romantic scene in the den with their hands clinging and the inevitable looming charmingly close. The future vista of her life seemed an unending succession of scenes like this: under moonlight and pale starlight, and in the backs of warm… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘This Side of Paradise’

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Friday Quick Quote: ‘The Beginning of Everything’

“There’s a word for it,” she told me, “in French, for when you have a lingering impression of something having passed by. Sillage. I always think of it when a firework explodes and lights up the smoke from the ones before it.” “That’s a terrible word,” I teased. “It’s like an excuse for holding onto… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: ‘The Beginning of Everything’

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Friday Quick Quote: ‘The Language of Flowers’

“For eight years I dreamed of fire. Trees ignited as I passed them; oceans burned. The sugary smoke settled in my hair as I slept, the scent like a cloud left on my pillow as I rose. Even so, the moment my mattress started to burn, I bolted awake. The sharp, chemical smell was nothing like… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: ‘The Language of Flowers’

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Friday Quick Quote: ‘The End of Night’

“I had traveled from Spain into Morocco and from there south to the Atlas Mountains, at the edge of the Sahara Desert…one night, in a youth hostel that was more like a stable, I woke and walked out into a snowstorm. But it wasn’t the snow I was used to in Minnesota, or anywhere else… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: ‘The End of Night’

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Free Neil Gaiman Stories, Cannes, and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”

She began to whisper something in my ear. It’s the strangest thing about poetry — you can tell it’s poetry, even if you don’t speak the language. You can hear Homer’s Greek without understanding a word, and you still know it’s poetry. I’ve heard Polish poetry, and Inuit poetry, and I knew what it was… Continue reading Free Neil Gaiman Stories, Cannes, and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”