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The high-water mark, so to speak, of Socialist literature is W.H. Auden, a sort of gutless Kipling.
It is magnificent, but it is not war.
[C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre.]
Every man likes the smell of his own farts.
Writers must fortify themselves with pride and egotism as best they can. The process is analogous to using sandbags and loose timb ...
Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think.
You must go to bed with friends or whores, where money makes up the difference in beauty or desire.
You know there are no secrets in America. It's quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation bet ...
The only way to spend New Year's Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pa ...
What people don't realize is that intimacy has its conventions as well as ordinary social intercourse. There are three cardinal ru ...
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