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Some writing:

An interview with City Lights

Some things I’ve been asked

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"Personality is only a persistent error." - Max Jacob

"To disappear, but not completely, so that you can know it." - Elias Canetti

"All of the influences were lined up waiting for me. I was born, and there they were to form me, which is why I tell you more of them than of myself." - Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March

"One never knows who one is. The others tell you who you are, don’t they? And as you’re told so a million times if you live a long life, in the end you don’t know at all who you are." - Thomas Bernhard

"Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?" - Clarice Lispector

"Were each man not able to live a number of lives other than his, he would be unable to live his own." - Paul Valery

"It seemed his whole vocation was to look into himself, to analyse what was going on inside him, as if the very accumulation of details could convince him he was really alive." - Roberto Arlt, The Seven Madmen

"Identity is gradual, cumulative; because there is no need for it to manifest itself, it shows itself intermittently, the way a star hints at the pulse of its being by means of its flickering light. But at what moment in this oscillation is our true self manifested? In the darkness or the twinkle?" - Sergio Chejfec, The Planets

"The progress of the artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality. Poetry is not the turning loose of emotions but an escape from emotion, not the expression of personality but the escape from personality." - T.S. Eliot