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“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have had it.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. I (New York: Picador, 2006), 61.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 18 of The Paris Review, 1958.

“When you wipe your ass, you don’t send the wad of toilet paper down to the lab and spend a bunch of money having it analyzed. You just recognize it as shit and move on.”

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source: a conversation between Dr. Timothy Freeman and Jolie Holland

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notes: Dr. Timothy Freeman on not wasting your time trying to figure out what is clearly bullshit

via: Jolie Holland
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