Quotation by William Gass

Listen. We converse as we live—by repeating, by combining and recombining a few elements over and over again just as nature does when of elementary particles it builds a world.
William Gass (b. 1924), U.S. fictionist, essayist, philosopher. Parts I and III first appeared in The New York Review of Books as "Gertrude Stein, Geographer, I" (May 3, 1973) and "Gertrude Stein, Geogr." "Gertrude Stein and the Geography of the Sentence," p. 117, The World Within the Word.
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