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October 30, 2013


Michelle, I just love this; I've read it several times. Thanks for clearing some stuff up (and thanks to your brother), but also thanks for embodying the spirit and principle of your last sentence. Beautifully written.

I love the Picasso quote and the attitude informing it. The French have this phrase for gallic indifference: je m'en fous. When there are so many things loudly begging for your attention, it is difficult to give a damn. And I would have thought that the worship of all things digital, all the gadgets leading to pointless data and unmelodious noise, would arouse more resistance than collaboration among the humanists, the writers, the poets, the professors.

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"After You've Gone"
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as I enter
in the dark

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