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Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society
Isaac Asimov on the Thrill of Lifelong Learning, Science vs. Religion, and the Role of Science Fiction in Advancing Society

“It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being.”

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Djuna Barnes Interviews James Joyce in 1922: The Iconic Irishman’s Most Significant Interview
Djuna Barnes Interviews James Joyce in 1922: The Iconic Irishman’s Most Significant Interview

“He turned to quill and paper, for so he could arrange, in the necessary silence, the abundant inadequacies of life, as a laying-out of jewels — jewels with a will to decay.”

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John Updike on How to Have a Productive Daily Routine, and the Most Important Things Aspiring Writers Should Know
John Updike on How to Have a Productive Daily Routine, and the Most Important Things Aspiring Writers Should Know

“In a country this large and a language even larger … there ought to be a living for somebody who cares and wants to entertain and instruct a reader.”

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Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize Interview: Writing, Women, and the Rewards of Storytelling
Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize Interview: Writing, Women, and the Rewards of Storytelling

“I want my stories to move people … to feel some kind of reward from the writing.”

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Young vs. Old, Male vs. Female, Intuition vs. Intellect: Susan Sontag on How the Stereotypes and Polarities of Culture Imprison Us
Young vs. Old, Male vs. Female, Intuition vs. Intellect: Susan Sontag on How the Stereotypes and Polarities of Culture Imprison Us

“The young-old polarization and the male-female polarization are perhaps the two leading stereotypes that imprison people.”

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Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children’s Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society
Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children’s Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society

“Fear is a wonderful thing, in small doses.”

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Mark Rothko on the Transcendent Power of Art and How (Not) To Experience His Paintings
Mark Rothko on the Transcendent Power of Art and How (Not) To Experience His Paintings

“The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them.”

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Dustin Hoffman on What It’s Really Like to Be a Woman
Dustin Hoffman on What It’s Really Like to Be a Woman

Show this to every man, woman, and child you know.

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Kurt Vonnegut on the Writer’s Responsibility, the Limitations of the Brain, and Why the Universe Exists: A Rare 1974 WNYC Interview
Kurt Vonnegut on the Writer’s Responsibility, the Limitations of the Brain, and Why the Universe Exists: A Rare 1974 WNYC Interview

“We have such a young culture that there is an opportunity to contribute wonderful new myths to it, which will be accepted.”

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November 27, 1965: A Rare Recording of Stanley Kubrick’s Most Revealing Interview
November 27, 1965: A Rare Recording of Stanley Kubrick’s Most Revealing Interview

“People react primarily to direct experience and not to abstractions; it is very rare to find anyone who can become emotionally involved with an abstraction.”

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