Julia Kristeva: The Honey Of Events

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“If you’re lucky enough to have a project in mind, most of the things that happen around you are relevant and fall into place as if destined to do so.  Your whole life turns into a kind of beehive where every cell instead of staying stupid and empty is filled with the honey of events that confirm either your good luck or fate in general. Unless perseverance itself is destiny.”

 

-Julia Kristeva, Possessions

Cioran: A Certain Freedom

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        Le Saut dans le Vide (Leap into the Void); October 1960 by Yves Klein

 

 

“Having destroyed all my connections, burned my bridges, I should feel a certain freedom, and in fact I do. One so intense I am afraid to rejoice in it.”

― Emil M. Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born

Céline: Entirely Naked

 

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“Entirely naked, all you have in front of you is really only a wretched, pretentious beggar swollen with conceit, with difficulty getting out its inane babble in one style or another.”

Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

Tennessee Williams: Each Other’s Naked Hearts

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“Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see …each other in life. Vanity, fear, desire, competition– all such distortions within our own egos– condition our vision of those in relation to us. Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other. That’s how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layers of opacity and see each other’s naked hearts.”

-Tennessee Williams

 

Don Delillo: Bad Citizen

 

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“I don’t take it seriously, but being called a ‘bad citizen’ is a compliment to a novelist, at least to my mind. That’s exactly what we ought to do. We ought to be bad citizens. We ought to, in the sense that we’re writing against what power represents, and often what government represents, and what the corporation dictates, and what consumer consciousness has come to mean. In that sense, if we’re bad citizens, we’re doing our job.”

-Don Delillo