“A person who is lucidly aware of the miracles that surround him, who has learned to bear up under the loneliness, has made quite a bit of progress on the road to wisdom.” “If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in,” Rachel Carson wrote as she contemplated the loneliness…M.C. Escher on Loneliness, Creativity, and How Rachel Carson Inspired His Art, with a Side of Bach — Brain Pickings
[P]hilosophy is the art of masking inner torments.
— Emil M. Cioran, On the Heights of Despair. (University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition October 1, 1996) Originally published 1933.Emil M. Cioran — The Vale of Soul-Making
“Read any biography of Jack Kerouac and here’s essentially what you’ll learn: that in the summer of 1956 he spent two months in a mountaintop shack as a fire lookout for the US Forest Service in the North Cascades in Washington State, and nothing much happened. Mostly he was bored. Jack’s experience on Desolation Peak […]Desolation Journal By Jack Kerouac — 1960s: Days of Rage
Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.
― Henri J.M. Nouwen
I have flowed, become stagnant, festered, I have fallen from above. Mass, rhythmic, in harmony with my millions of drops, I have rained. I have been earth with the earths. Foaming, humid, I have slept a faceless face down. I have. Had. Lived. Done. Been. All the words that grow before the tip of the tongue, before I reach it. I am a body who has enjoyed creation.
— Hélène Cixous, White Ink: Interviews on Sex, Text, and Politics (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism). Published by Columbia University Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2008)Hélène Cixous — The Vale of Soul-Making
Theoretical Puppets: Michel Foucault meets Walter Benjamin, Nov 2, 2020Theoretical Puppets: Michel Foucault meets Walter Benjamin (2020) — Foucault News
into the strenuous briefness
handorgans and April
i charge laughing.
Into the hair-thin tints
of yellow dawn,
into the women-coloured twilight
into the big vermilion departure
(Do you think?)the
is probably made
of roses & hello:
(of solongs and,ashes)
— E.E. Cummings, ” [into the strenuous briefness],” 100 Selected Poems (Grove Press January 10, 1994) Originally published 1954.
Love is being stupid together. – Paul Valéry
I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a meaningless world.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned. (Charles Scribner’s Sons 1922)F. Scott Fitzgerald — The Vale of Soul-Making
“Toward the end of his short life, Jack Spicer began to relax some of his purist principles about the publication and circulation of his poetry. In 1964, impoverished and unable to hold down a job, he consented to allow Lawrence Ferlinghetti to sell his books at City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, officially ending his […]The Collected Books of Jack Spicer (1975) — 1960s: Days of Rage