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Either you have the Holy Ghost or else you have a devil within you...

…said a young monk to Margery Kempe, 14th century mystic known for her unstable mental health and/or her devotion to Christ.

I feel lost without my cynicism. 992 more words

Spiritual Autobiography

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

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Cracks and truths

“Maybe it’s more like what you said before, all of us being cracked open. Like, each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And these things happen – these people leave us, or don’t love us, or don’t get us, or we don’t get them, and we lose and fail and hurt one another. 140 more words

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An Incisive Point by Thomas Frank

From The Baffler, issue 16, 2003, Thomas Frank pithily and concisely hit a very big nail right on its stupid fat head:

‘(T)he existence of profound, all-corrupting liberal bias is an absolute ontological necessity if conservatism is to make any sense. 163 more words

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Caruth on History

  • [T]he wound of the mind — the breach in the mind’s experience of time, self, and the world — is not, like the wound of the body, a simple and healable event, but rather an event that [...] is experienced too soon, too unexpectedly, to be fully known and is therefore not available to consciousness until it imposes itself again, repeatedly, in the nightmares and repetitive actions of the survivor. 
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WCW on Poetry

All sorts of asses ‘love’ poetry. Why not? It confirms them in the assininity of their deepest beliefs. It underlies the racial laziness, the unwillingness to think, the satisfaction of feeling oneself part of the race and of having all posterity behind one in proneness and stupidity. 79 more words

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