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Mary McCarthy on Human Nature, Moral Choice, and How We Decide Whether Evil Is Forgivable
Mary McCarthy on Human Nature, Moral Choice, and How We Decide Whether Evil Is Forgivable

“One has to assume that every man is a thinking reed and a noble nature, even if only part-time.”

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John Cage’s Intensely Beautiful Love Letters to Merce Cunningham
John Cage’s Intensely Beautiful Love Letters to Merce Cunningham

“i would like to measure my breath in relation to the air between us.”

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Lou Andreas-Salomé, the First Woman Psychoanalyst, on Depression and Creativity in Letters to Rilke
Lou Andreas-Salomé, the First Woman Psychoanalyst, on Depression and Creativity in Letters to Rilke

“A great deal of poetic work has arisen from various despairs.”

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Mary McCarthy on Love and Hannah Arendt’s Advice to Her on the Dangerous Delusion That We Can Change Our Lovers
Mary McCarthy on Love and Hannah Arendt’s Advice to Her on the Dangerous Delusion That We Can Change Our Lovers

“What’s the use of falling in love if you both remain inertly as-you-were?”

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Computer Crashes Before Computers: When John Steinbeck’s Dog Ate His Manuscript
Computer Crashes Before Computers: When John Steinbeck’s Dog Ate His Manuscript

“Two months work to do over again… I was pretty mad but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.”

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Dostoyevsky on Poverty, Ambition, Success, Creative Integrity, and the Ultimate Ideal of Art
Dostoyevsky on Poverty, Ambition, Success, Creative Integrity, and the Ultimate Ideal of Art

“The artist … must consecrate all his toil to the holy spirit of art — such toil is holy, chaste, and demands single-heartedness.”

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