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“Christmas Eve, 1955, Benny Profane, wearing black levis, suede jacket, sneakers and big cowboy hat, happened to pass through Norfolk, Virginia.”

—Thomas Pynchon, V.


If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.

—Thomas Pynchon, born on this day in 1937, and who’s been sporting a face mask for years:

Animated Pynchon on the Simpsons wearing a paperbag over his head with a big question mark on the front

💬 Dogen:

To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening.

Anna Burns, Milkman:

Just as most people here chose not to say what they meant in order to protect themselves, they could also, at certain moments when they knew their mind was being read, learn to present their topmost mental level to those who were reading it whilst in the undergrowth of their consciousness, inform themselves privately of what their true thinking was about.

William Gaddis, The Recognitions:

—Merry Christmas!, the man threatened.

“We had never heard of a dump being closed on Thanksgiving before, so with tears in our eyes, we drove off into the sunset looking for another place to put the garbage…”

“All this is perfectly distinct to an observant eye, and yet could easily pass unnoticed by most.”

—Henry Thoreau, 12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862

Robert Rubin:

Some people are more certain of everything than I am of anything.