Lucien Freud Self Portrait
Temptations still nest in it like basilisks.
Hang it up till the rings fall.
-W. S. Merwin
(Three Sentences—choose one)
“The narrative impulse is always with us; we couldn’t imagine ourselves through a day without it.”
“If God didn’t want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep.”
(from The Magnificent Seven)
“The only paradox, if there is one, is that language has shaped our expectations so extensively that real reality has become the most detached and incomprehensible one of all.”
-Cesar Aira The Literary Conference page 41