Thursday, July 26, 2018

Elegy and history are cousins

Elegy and history are cousins, she explains, because they’re both forms of autopsy.


Anne Carson, NOX

 I began a letter, as if to a dead friend, or perhaps the preliminary notes for a novel.

He will have out his notebook; under D, he will enter “Phrases to be used on the deaths of friends.”

I do not so much write a book as sit up with it, as with a dying friend.

Actual Thrills
Valeria Luiselli, Faces in the Crowd | Virginia Woolf, The Waves | Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

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