❝ Although we read with our minds, the seat of artistic delight is between the shoulder blades. That little shiver behind is quite certainly the highest form of emotion that humanity has attained when evolving pure art and pure science. Let us worship the spine and its tingle. ❞
—— Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature
What is your favorite Shakespeare play, if you don't mind me asking?
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❝ Aren’t there enough words
flowing in your veins
to keep you going? ❞
—— Margaret Atwood, "The Shadow Voice."
❝ He looked at me, bestowing beauty,
and I took it for my own.
Happy, I swallowed a star.
I let him invent me
in the image of the reflection
in his eyes. I dance, I dance
in an abundance of sudden wings. ❞
—— Wisława Szymborska, “Drinking Wine.”
❝ It is now easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism. ❞