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One of the frightening things about our time is the number of people who think it is a form of intellectual audacity to be stupid. A whole generation seems to be taking on an easy distrust of thought.
Lyda was an exuberant, even a dramatic gardener.... she was always holding up a lettuce or a bunch of radishes, with an air of resolute courage, as though she had shot them herself.
That "writers write" is meant to be self-evident. People like to say it. I find it is hardly ever true. Writers drink. Writers rant. Writers phone. Writers sleep. I have met very few writers who write at all.
Moral self-infatuation has its own corruptions, after all. With time, almost every other principle of the magazine acquired an ironic echo, a sort of cackling aftermath.
There follows a little obscenity here, a dash of philosophy there, considerable whining overall, and a modern satirical novel is born.
The writer has a grudge against society, which he documents with accounts of unsatisfying sex, unrealized ambition, unmitigated loneliness, and a sense of local and global distress.
There are times when every act, no matter how private and unconscious, becomes political
But we do not normally mistake progressions of weakness, the loss of the simple capacity to escape, for the onset of love. Page 17
Hardly anyone about whom I deeply care at all resembles anyone else I have ever met, or heard of, or read about in literature.
The time for prizes and competitions at art festivals is over. Competition is too closely tied to values that are alien to the arts.
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Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.
October 19, 1937
Renata Adler is an American author, journalist and film critic.
Pitch Dark (1983)
After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction (2015)
Gone: The Last Days of the New Yorker (1999)
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