1. literaryjukebox:

    If you want to write, don’t err by setting the bar too low. Maybe you want to write like Emily Dickinson. Maybe you want to write like Nabokov. Just we willing, at the end of the day, to look at your work and say, ‘That’s not as good as Nabokov, but boy, it’s as good as I could make it today.’ Fall in love with books and with modes of being. I just spent a pile of money I can’t afford on opera tickets to see Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. Think of all the cocaine I could have bought with that eight hundred dollars! Yet here I am blowing it to go sit in a room with a bunch of stiffs next Tuesday night. I’m in love, I can’t help it.

    Mary Karr in My Ideal Bookshelf

    Song: “Paperback Writer” by R. B. Greaves from Come Together : Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney

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    Falling in love with the ‘mode of being’ for Un Ballo Maschera and Eugene Onegin. Not quite Wagner but the sentiment is...
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    Pretty much sums it up.
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