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remnant 30: “It was like discovering the New World”

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from Haruki Murakami, The Art of Fiction No. 182

MURAKAMI

I don’t calculate. But if I could manage that, it would be good. I liked to read Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan while I was a college student. They had a sense of humor, and at the same time what they were writing about was serious. I like those kind of books. The first time I read Vonnegut and Brautigan I was shocked to find that there were such books! It was like discovering the New World.

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August 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm

remnant 29: want

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From Stranger than Fiction

Harold Crick: Miss Pascal, I’ve been odd, and I, I know I’ve been odd, and… I want you.
Ana Pascal: What?
Harold Crick: There, there are many reasons, there are so many influences in my life,
that are telling me, at times, quite literally, that I should come
here and bring you these, but I’m doing this because I want you.
Ana Pascal: You want me?
Harold Crick: In no uncertain terms.
Harold Crick: Because I want you.

Mexico, CAKE

I had a match
But she had a lighter
I had a flame
But she had a fire
I was bright
But she was much brighter
I was high
But she was the sky

Oh baby
I was bound for Mexico
Oh baby
I was bound to let you go

I don’t know much about Cinco de Mayo
I’m never sure what it’s all about
But I say I want you
And you don’t believe me
You say you want me
But I’ve got my doubts

Oh baby
I was bound for Mexico
Oh baby
I was bound to let you go

I had a match
But she had a lighter
I had a flame
But she had a fire
I was bright
But she was much brighter
I was high
But she was the sky

Oh baby
I was bound for Mexico
Oh baby
I was bound to let you go

(All right)

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a poem on being desired, being desirable

somebody’s somebody who matters (the art of wanting)

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August 6, 2013 at 11:58 am

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remnant 28: “The few own the many because…”

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The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all … The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands – the ownership and control of their livelihoods – are set at naught, we can have neither men’s rights nor women’s rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.

― Helen Keller

helen keller

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August 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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remnant 27: “this was on the order of a minor miracle”

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Still, this was on the order of a minor miracle—running across someone you express your feelings to so closely, so completely. Most people go their entire lives without meeting a person like that. It would have been a mistake to label this ‘love.’ It was more like total empathy.

…When we got together, though, the time just flew by. We’d look at our watches and discover that we could barely make the last train. It was always hard for me to say goodbye. There was so much more we wanted to tell each other.

Haruki Murakami, “Man-Eating Cats,” Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

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August 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm

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