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“Being alive is so extraordinary I don’t know why people limit it to riches, pride, security—all of those things life is built on. People miss so much because they want money and comfort and pride, a house and a job to pay for the house. And they have to get a car. You can’t see anything from a car. It’s moving too fast. People take vacations. That’s their reward—the vacation. Why not the life?”

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source: “Jack Gilbert, The Art of Poetry No. 91,” interviewed by Ted Widmer, in Issue 175 of The Paris Review, Fall/Winter 2005.

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“Why do some of the current Mercedes models have no dipstick, for example? What are the attractions of being disburdened of involvement with our own stuff?

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source: Shop Class as Soulcraft (New York: Penguin, 2009), 7.

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“There are only two things you can throw out the window of a moving car, legally. Do you know what they are?…Water. And feathers. Everything else you can get in trouble for.”

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source: Pitchfork, interview by Amanda Petrusich, posted November 27, 2006.

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