Peter Berger, 1967
I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes.
Vladimir Nabokov (via likeafieldmouse)
“Real life can sometimes bear an unsettling resemblance to nightmares.”
-Roberto Bolaño, Nazi Literature in the Americas
[Religion] is the audacious attempt to conceive of the entire universe as being humanly significant.
“I think it is important to make a detailed plan before you write the first sentence. Some people think one should write, George woke up and knew that something terrible had happened yesterday, and then see what happens. I plan the whole thing in detail before I begin. I have a general scheme and lots of notes. Every chapter is planned. Every conversation is planned. This is, of course, a primary stage, and very frightening because you’ve committed yourself at this point. I mean, a novel is a long job, and if you get it wrong at the start you’re going to be very unhappy later on. The second stage is that one should sit quietly and let the thing invent itself. One piece of imagination leads to another. You think about a certain situation and then some quite extraordinary aspect of it suddenly appears. The deep things that the work is about declare themselves and connect. Somehow things fly together and generate other things, and characters invent other characters, as if they were all doing it themselves. One should be patient and extend this period as far as possible. Of course, actually writing it involves a different kind of imagination and work.”
—Iris Murdoch, The Art of Fiction No. 117 (who was born on this day in Dublin in 1919)
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.