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The curve of joy...

The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.
Our bones ache only while the flesh is on them.

- Djuna Barnes, Nightwood
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I talk too much...

I talk too much because I have been made so miserable by what you are keeping hushed. – from Nightwood by Djuna Barnes


the skull's worm eaten library pt. 2.

(6) Nightwood, Djuna Barnes. Read at 20-21 yrs. I was assigned to read this in college for a Modernist Lit course and was immediately told by the professor (the formidable Louis Chude-Sokei) that almost everyone would despise it. 1,744 more words

[Alternative Muses] Writerly Style: Dressing Like a Work of Art with Djuna Barnes

“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.”-Oscar Wilde

Our dear Djuna, who wasn’t always so dear, encompassed both… 282 more words



Tomboy, the suit shop around the corner from where I work, has closed. It makes me sad – not that I shopped there, or could ever afford to shop there – but I liked to look in the window.  230 more words