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By all accounts, we really should have died

By all accounts, we really should have died
8 September 1989
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"People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands—literally thousands—of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss. The unhappiest people I know, romantically speaking, are the ones who like pop music the most; and I don't know whether pop music has caused this unhappiness, but I do know that they've been listening to the sad songs longer than they've been living the unhappy lives."
-Nick Hornby/Rob Fleming, High Fidelity

"Poetry is nothing more than an intensification or illumination of common objects and everyday events until they shine with their singular nature, until we can experience their power, until we can follow their steps in the dance, until we can discern what parts they play in the Great Order of Love. How is this done? By fucking around with syntax."

-Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

"Art is that thing having to do only with itself--the product of a successful attempt to make a word of art. Unfortunately, there are no examples of art, nor good reasons to think that it will ever exist. (Everything that has been made has been made with a purpose, everything with an end that exists outside that thing, i.e., I want to sell this, or I want this o make me famous and loved, or I want this to make me whole, or worse, I want this to make others whole.) And yet we continue to write, paint, sculpt, and compose. Is this foolish of us?"

-Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

"The mistrust of heights is the mistrust of self, you don't know whether you're going to jump."
-Janet Fitch, White Oleander

"I came in from the wilderness
a creature void of form.
'Come in,' she said. 'I'll give you
shelter from the storm.'"
-Bob Dylan, Shelter from the Storm
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