Tim Parks Quotes

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Tim Parks Quotes

Beneath all the chatter and the liturgy runs a fierce nostalgia for the literary myths of the past, for the gigantic figures of Dickens and Joyce, Hemingway and Faulkner. A writer cant even aim at that kind of aura today. But its that yearning for imagined greatness that drives the whole literary enterprise. Plus the publishers desperation to manufacture a bestseller to pay the bills. The idea of greatness is a marketing tool. See Franzen.
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It took Descartes to deduce that God would not wish to deceive us. The world must be as it appears to be, the Frenchman deduced, because a perfect God would never wish to deceive us. Nothing has been explicable since.

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You will only have copyright in a society that places a very high value on the individual, the individual intellect, the products of individual intellect.

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What wonderful minds we have, even though they don't seem to get us anywhere, or make us happy.

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In any power game, it seems, the dominant party is the least likely to be aware of what is going on.

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These trans are driven, I thought, like the mind, by electric current, and at once I was imagining all the pylons and the wires running down the valley, creating a path, a network, that was separate from the landscape so that we could pass through it at great speed, as thoughts also hurtle by so fast but are rarely in contact with reality. The mind likes to move on rails, I decided after a couple of days in Maroggia, always the same old reflections and anxieties and obsessions, one leading to the other with great predictability. The same switches, the same buffers and terminuses that you never get beyond.

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All writing is a sin against speechlessness,' Beckett had said. He would have stopped, I thought, if he could.

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