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All writing is autobiography. My blog, I discovered today, comprises almost 300,000 written words of autobiography, a meandering through my library. There are sufficient words for three good-sized books. 186 more words

Paul Valéry

Mechanical Reproduction Changing Reality

As my roommates lie with their faces shoved in their phones, I decide to pick my device and start typing this piece. Why? Maybe because of technology and the endless possibilities they provide of  806 more words


Degas meets Valéry at the Orsay

To commemorate the centennial of the death of Edgar Degas (1834-1917), through Sunday the musée d’Orsay has organized an exhibition that juxtaposes paintings, pastels, and drawings from the Impressionist artist and others with “Degas Danse Dessin,” published in 1936 by the art dealer Ambroise Vollard. 109 more words

How Do You Know When A Poem Is Finished?

I really enjoyed last weeks conversations about How Do You Read a Poem? and was interested to learn all the different ways and methods a poem can be read; especially the thoughts around how poems can appear different when they are written to being spoken. 409 more words


"Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business."

“Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.”

Paul Valery, French, poet, philosopher


The lantern battery and the golem

Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.

—Paul Valéry

Yesterday morning, my wife asked me: “Have you seen the illustration for Michael Chabon’s new essay?” She thrust the latest issue of…

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One-Lined Ideas for Writers, Part II

The suites of transformations you need to express things, respecting the conditions your have to respect.

You write, you read what you just wrote, in a loop. 208 more words