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What I want is to live of that initial and primordial something that was what made some things reach the point of aspiring to be human.
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I' is merely one of the world's instantaneous spasms.

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And even sadness was also something for rich people, for people who could afford it, for people who didn't have anything better to do. Sadness was a luxury.

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She knew what desire was - though she didn't know she knew. It was like this: she was starving but not for food, it was a kind of painful taste that rose from the pit of her stomach and made her nipples quiver and her arms empty without an embrace.

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Who hasn't asked himself, am I a monster or is this what it means to be human?

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Saying meaningless words is my great freedom.

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I am only true when I'm alone.

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And so I realise that I want for myself the vibrant substratum of the word repeated in a Gregorian chant. I'm aware that everything I know I cannot say, I know only by paining or pronouncing syllables blind of meaning. And if here I have to use words for you, they must create an almost exclusively bodily meaning. I'm battling with the ultimate vibration. To tell you my substratum I make a sentence of words composed only of the now-instants.

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What I really do when I write you is follow myself, and I'm doing it right now: I'm following myself without knowing what it will lead me to. Sometimes following myself is so hard. Because of following something that's still so nebulous. Sometimes I end up stopping.

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I always give names to things

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No it is not easy to write. It is as hard as breaking rocks. Sparks and splinters fly like shattered steel.

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