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But there are different kinds of death, David. And I prefer that kind, his kind, to the death Ive been fighting all my life.
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People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.

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I'm not reclusive at all. Just private.

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How many times do two people have to fuck before one of them deserves to die? _Eric Packer

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He walked among the bookstore shelves, hearing Muzak in the air. There were rows of handsome covers, prosperous and assured. He felt a fine excitement, hefting a new book, fitting hand over sleek spine, seeing lines of type jitter past his thumb as he let the pages fall. He was a young man, shrewd in his fervors, who knew there were books he wanted to read and others he absolutely had to own, the ones that gesture in special ways, that have a rareness or daring, a charge of heat that stains the air around them.

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We're a silver gleaming death machine!

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There's just so much time set aside for baffled reaction. I believe we've reached the limit.

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The whole country's going to puke blood when they read it.

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Think of two parallel lines. [ ... ] One is the life of Lee H. Oswald. One is the conspiracy to kill the President. What bridges the space between them? What makes a connection inevitable? There is a third line. It comes out of dreams, visions, intuitions, prayers, out of the deepest levels of the self. It's not generated by cause and effect like the other two lines. It's a line that cuts across causality, cuts across time. It has no history that we can recognize or understand. But it forces a connection. It puts a man on the path of his destiny. - David Ferrie (339)

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Ample women do not plan such things. They lack the guile for conspiracies of the body.

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Was he at the movies to see a movie, she said, or maybe more narrowly, more essentially, simply to be at the movies?

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What are the people like? Do the women wear plaid skirts, cable-knit sweaters? Are the men in hacking jackets? What's a hacking jacket?" "They've grown comfortable with their money," I said. "They genuinely believe they're entitled to it. This conviction gives them a kind of rude health. They glow a little." "I have trouble imagining death at that income level," she said. "Maybe there is no death as we know it. Just documents changing hands.

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It can't afford to be hard. it won't allow itself psychologically.

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Writing is an organized way of thinking. I don't know what I think about certain subjects, even today, until I sit down and try to write them.

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But there are different kinds of death, David. And I prefer that kind, his kind, to the death I've been fighting all my life.

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He told me that I hadn't done anything yet. Hadn't lived yet. All you do is pass the time, he said.

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We live in an age of rapid mass media, television, Internet. They determine our tempo, not books.

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I think it's only in a crisis that Americans see other people. It has to be an American crisis, of course. If two countries fight that do not supply the Americans with some precious commodity, then the education of the public does not take place. But when the dictator falls, when the oil is threatened, then you turn on the television and they tell you where the country is, what the language is, how to pronounce the names of the leaders, what the religion is all about, and maybe you can cut out recipes in the newspaper of Persian dishes.

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