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The Feature of an Intellectual

F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that … Continue reading

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Jacques Derrida on Fears in Writing

An eminent French philosopher Jacques Derrida reflects on the dualistic process of intellectual creation in the course of writing — (un)consciously anxious yet urgently imperative.  ”Each time I write something, and it feels like I am advancing into new territory, somewhere I … Continue reading

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Nietzsche: There is a type higher than the “productive” man

“Quiet fruitfulness. The born aristocrats of the spirit are not overeager; their creations blossom and fall from the trees on a quiet autumn evening, being neither rashly desired, not hastened on, nor supplanted by new things. The wish to create … Continue reading

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“Ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write?”

In 1902, a 19-year-old student Franz Kappus sent Rainer Maria Rilke — already then famous German author and notable master of lyrics — his poems and asked him for advice about becoming a writer. Rilke’s response to a young poet, in my view, … Continue reading

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The Art of Writing

In Peter De Vries’ epic Reuben, Reuben, the main character – a creatively blocked Scottish poet Gowan McGland (based on a famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas), reveals his working habits, which perhaps might be somehow useful for you: “Sometimes I write drunk … Continue reading

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