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Joan Didion

from AFTER LIFE by Joan Didion

Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. The question of self-pity. Those were the first words I wrote after it happened. The computer dating on the Microsoft Word file (“Notes on change.doc”) reads “May 20, 2004, 11:11 p.m.,” but that would have […]

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Zadie Smith

from JOY by Zadie Smith

It might be useful to distinguish between pleasure and joy. But maybe everybody does this very easily, all the time, and only I am confused. A lot of people seem to feel that joy is only the most intense version of pleasure, arrived at by the same road—you simply have to go a little further […]

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Duchamp Playing Chess

Write. Hard. | Duchamp Playing Chess with a Nude (Eve Babitz). Julian Wasser. 1963.

Daily Writing Prompt | Write. Hard. Do not pause. Using Wasser’s Duchamp Playing Chess with a Nude (Eve Babitz), write for five minutes straight without stopping. Let whatever comes to mind flow onto the paper. Forget about spelling, punctuation and sentence structure. Focus strictly on imaginative context even when it doesn’t seem to make logical […]

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