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If forced to choose, Giacometti once said, he would rescue a cat from a burning building before a Rembrandt.
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You will say that I am old and mad, was what Michaelangelo wrote, but I answer that there is no better way of being sane and free from anxiety than by being mad.

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You can learn more by going to the opera than you ever can by reading Emerson. Like that there are two sexes.

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Once, Turner had himself lashed to the mast of a ship for several hours, during a furious storm, so that he could later paint the storm. Obviously, it was not the storm itself that Turner intended to paint. What he intended to paint was a representation of the storm. One's language is frequently imprecise in that manner, I have discovered.

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Tolstoy's wife copied out the entire manuscript of War and Peace in longhand seven times.

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Have I ever said that Turner once actually had himself lashed to the mast of a ship, to be able to later do a painting of a storm?
Which has never failed to remind me of the scene in which Odysseus does the identical thing, of course, so that he can listen to the Sirens singing but will stay put.

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Or was it possibly ... nothing more than a read?

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Trying to imagine E. M. Forster, who found Ulysses indecorous, at a London performance of Lenny Bruce-to which in fact he was once taken.
Trying to imagine the same for a time-transported Nathaniel Hawthorne-who during his first visit to Europe was even shocked by the profusion of naked statues.

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An information bureau of the human condition, Theodor Adorno called Kafka.

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Oedipus gouges out his eyes, Jocasta hangs herself, both guiltless; the play has come to a harmonious conclusion. Wrote Schiller.

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