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“He was the kind of guy who could kiss you behind your ear and make you feel like you'd just had kinky sex.”
“How we lie to ourselves when we've fallen in love with the wrong man.”
“A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart.”
“But the sensibility of the writer, whether fiction or poetry, comes from paying attention. I tell my students that writing doesn't begin when you sit down to write. It's a way of being in the world, and the essence of it is paying attention.”
“Depression is always in the details.”
“And every year a day as yet unknown / which I won't be here to enjoy goes by, / which is why now I celebrate each one.”
“... we learn through what we love to love the world — / which might be all that we are here to do.”
“... we make our art / out of ourselves and what we make makes us.”
“Unless I write things down I never know / what I think, no less feel, about the world. / ... / In short I don't know I'm alive unless / I'm writing as I'll only be convinced / — when I am scribbled on some stony epitaph — / that I am gone ... and the rest is silence.”
Julia Alvarez, U.S. writer, poet