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Esther liked books out where everyone could see them

“Esther liked books out where everyone could see them, a sort of graphic index to the intricate labyrinth of her mind arrayed to impress the most casual guest, a system of immediate introduction which she had found to obtain in a number of grimy intellectual households in Greenwich Village. 28 more words

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By prostitution

“By prostitution I seem to mean usefulness.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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I really prefer books

—I really prefer books. No matter how bad a book is, it’s unique, but people are all so ordinary.

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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Change a line without touching it

“—There are shapes, and … exquisite strength … They both watched his hand move slowly between them. —Change a line without touching it … there’s delicacy.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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There’s much more stupidity

“No no no, no it’s plain stupidity Mrs. Booth. There’s much more stupidity than there is malice in the world…”

— William Gaddis, Carpenter’s Gothic

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no matter how mad they make you

“—Never interrupt people when they’re telling you more than they know they are, no matter how mad they make you.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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every work of art is a work of perfect necessity

“It’s a question of … it’s being surrounded by people who don’t have any sense of … no sense that what they’re doing means anything. Don’t you understand that? 52 more words

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