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Most of the time in our world, truth is just opinion.
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He has been disassembled by her. And if she has brought him to this, what has he brought her to?

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Everything is biographical, Lucian Freud says. What we make, why it is made, how we draw a dog, who it is we are drawn to, why we cannot forget. Everything is collage, even genetics. There is the hidden presence of others in us, even those we have known briefly. We contain them for the rest of our lives, at every border we cross.

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I see the poem or the novel ending with an open door.

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I don't have a plan for a story when I sit down to write. I would get quite bored carrying it out.

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The trouble with all of us is we are where we shouldn't be.

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If she were a writer she would collect her pencils and notebooks and favourite cat and write in bed. Strangers and lovers would never get past the locked door.

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I want to die on your chest but not yet she wrote sometime in the 13th century of our love

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Fathers die.You keep on loving them in any way you can.You can't hide him away in your heart.

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I love the performance of a craft, whether it is modest or mean-spirited, yet I walk away when discussions of it begin - as if one should ask a gravedigger what brand of shovel he uses or whether he prefers to work at noon or in moonlight. I am interested only in the care taken, and those secret rehearsals behind it. Even if I do not understand fully what is taking place.

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Reason was the only thing that might save them, and there was no reason.

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The noise of the trees, the breaking of moon into silver fish bouncing off the leaves of asters outside.

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Mockery had gone too far during Hearts. There had been an attempt at strangulation and then her ear had been perforated by a fork.

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-What do you hate most? he asks.
-A lie. And you?
-Ownership, he says. When you leave me, forget me.

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In the desert you celebrate nothing but water.

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I see myself as someone who's been saved by writing. God knows what I would have been, become or how I would have ended up without it.

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