"Maybe that’s why madness sometimes works—it knocks out the oversensitive connection."
- Ted Hughes (via theparisreview)
Someone, I think Philip Guston, said that, if you’re an artist, every artist you’ve ever admired follows you into the studio. One by one, they leave. Finally you leave, too, and the work gets done.
—Peter Schjeldahl, from “Questions for Peter Schjeldahl,” The New Yorker (12 February 2009)
Why not caring about anything is only for the young http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28705174
"Whoever is the wisest among you is also just a conflict and a cross between plant and ghost."
- Friedrich Nietzche (via likeafieldmouse)
"There is a problem with writers. If what a writer wrote was published and sold many, many copies, the writer thought he was great. If what a writer wrote was published and sold a medium number of copies, the writer thought he was great. If what a writer wrote was published and sold very few copies, the writer thought he was great. If what the writer wrote never was published and he didn’t have enough the money to publish it himself, then he thought he was truly great. The truth, however, was there was very little greatness. It was almost nonexistent, invisible. But you could be sure that the worst writers had the most confidence, the least self-doubt. Anyway, writers were to be avoided, and I tried to avoid them, but it was almost impossible. They hoped for some sort of brotherhood, some kind of togetherness. None of it had anything to do with writing, none of it helped at the typewriter."
- Charles Bukowski, Women (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
"In Europe, we are so old that we know there are certain things to which there is not an answer."
- P. L. Travers (via theparisreview)