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from A World Lost by Wendell Berry

I imagine the dead waking, dazed, into a shadowless light in which they know themselves altogether for the first time. It is a light that is merciless until they can accept its mercy; by it they are at once condemned … Continue reading

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from Making It Up by Penelope Lively

From Making It Up by Penelope Lively: I did not go to any school until I was twelve years old; until then, my home-based education centered entirely upon reading — pretty well anything that came to hand, prose, poetry, good, … Continue reading

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from Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, and Other Things I’ve Learned by Alan Alda

When I started out as an actor, I thought, Here’s what I have to say; how shall I say it? On M*A*S*H, I began to understand that what I do in the scene is not as important as what happens … Continue reading

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