Imitation of Life

“Belano, I said, the heart of the matter is knowing whether evil (or sin or crime or whatever you want to call it) is random or purposeful. If it’s purposeful, we can fight it, it’s hard to defeat, but we have a chance, like two boxers in the same weight class, more or less. If it’s random, on the other hand, we’re fucked, and we’ll just have to hope that God, if He exists, has mercy on us. And that’s what it all comes down to.”

Arturo Bolaño, The Savage Detectives

Posted on September 14th 2014 in Art, Music, Uncategorized

Octavio Paz – On Dostoevsky, Marx, and extremists

Posted on April 25th 2013 in Ethics, Nonfiction/Essays

The Rejection of Ideologies

La Nocturna de San Ildefonso– Octavio Paz

Posted on April 21st 2013 in Art, Ethics

“Survival… could only be a social achievement, not an individual accident.” – Eugene Weinstock, Belgian resistance fighter, 1943.

Posted on April 13th 2013 in Ethics

“The public is composed of numerous groups whose cry to us writers is: ‘Comfort me.’ ‘Amuse me.’ ‘Touch my sympathies.’ ‘Make me sad.’ ‘Make me dream.’ ‘Make me laugh.’ ‘Make me shiver.’ ‘Make me weep.’ ‘Make me think.'” – Guy de Maupassant

Posted on March 26th 2013 in Fiction

‎”If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” – Virginia Woolf

Posted on March 19th 2013 in Ethics, Fiction

“My painting is visible images which conceal nothing. They evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, ‘What does it mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.”



René Magritte

Posted on March 15th 2013 in Art, Ethics

“I dreamt that I was a butterfly, flying around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?” – Chuang Tsu

Posted on March 12th 2013 in Uncategorized

“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw.

Posted on March 5th 2013 in Ethics

A Pity. We Were Such a Good Invention.

They amputated
Your thighs off my hips.
As far as I’m concerned
They are all surgeons. All of them.

They dismantled us
Each from the other.
As far as I’m concerned
They are all engineers. All of them.

A pity. We were such a good
And loving invention.
An aeroplane made from a man and wife.
Wings and everything.
We hovered a little above the earth.

We even flew a little.

—Yehuda Amichai

Posted on February 13th 2013 in Uncategorized