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in clear Boston accents

“The cab had stopped at a light and people were passing around it: the voice of a girl penetrated in clear Boston accents,— Somerset Maugham? Haha, hahahahaha, Somerset Maugham my ahss …”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

these serious writers

“—What I get a kick out of is these serious writers who write a book where they say money gives a false significance to art, and then they raise hell when their book doesn’t make any money.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

All books are

“—Of course it’s going to be autobiographical. All books are.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

We live in a comic time

“—What’s tragedy to you is an anecdote to everybody else. We’re comic. We’re all comics. We live in a comic time. And the worse it gets the more comic we are.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

William Gaddis - The Recognitions

There was the moon, reaching a still arm behind him, to the bed where he had lain. He stood there unsteady in the cold, mumbling syllables which almost resolved into her name, as though he could recall, and summon back, a time before death entered the world, before accident, before magic, and before magic despaired, to become religion.

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Fiction

how important bars are

“You would be surprised how important bars are to people who don’t read books, doctor.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

fifteen rounds

“—And don’t let those medieval costumes fool you, you can carry fifteen rounds in a good codpiece, a grenade if you’re underdeveloped …”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature