In nature, things that grow unchecked are often parasitic or cancerous. And yet, we inhabit a culture that privileges novelty and growth over the cyclical and the regenerative.
“Everyday life is a life lived on the level of surging affects, impacts suffered or barely avoided. It takes everything we have."
― Kathleen Stewart, Ordinary Affects
“… I will never know how you see red and you will never know how I see it. / But this separation of consciousness / is recognized only after a failure of communication, and our first movement is / to believe in an undivided being between us …“”
— Anne Carson, from “XXXII. Kiss,” Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Vintage Contemporaries, 1998)
“[Revision] is so much like what you do with the person you love – you come back to them again and again, and try to intuit their real expansiveness, you try to keep them close to you, you try to give them the benefit of the doubt… You can see revision as a form of active love… love in progress.”
— George Saunders, How to tell a good story