January 31, 2011

we all sense it
we can see things



David Salle, Poets in Their Youth, 2009

* From Stoner, by John Williams:

"An occasional student who comes upon the name may wonder idly who William Stoner was, but he seldom pursues his curiosity beyond a casual question. Stoner's colleagues, who held him to no particular esteem when he was alive, speak of him rarely now; to the older ones, his name is a reminder of the end that awaits us all, and the the younger ones it is merely a sound which evokes no sense of the past and no identity with which they can associate themselves or their careers"
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"In his forty-third year, William Stoner learned what others much younger, had learned before him: that the person one loves at first is not the person one loves at last, and that love is not an end but a process through which one person attempts to know another."
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"In his extreme youth, Stoner had thought of love as an absolute state of being to which, if one were lucky, one might find access; in his maturity he had decided it was the heaven of a false religion, toward which one ought to gaze with an amused disbelief, a gently familiar contempt, and an embarrassed nostalgia. Now in his middle age he began to know that it was neither a state of grace nor an illusion; he saw it as a human act of becoming, a condition that was invented and modified moment by moment and day by day, by the will and the intelligence and the heart."

* Bob N., sportscaster.

* "Don't tell 'em, let 'em guess." -- Miles Davis (from this 1982 interview)

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