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“We are enjoying a descent of bears upon this region. If we survive it there should be much to tell. They are as thick as caterpillars in a pest year…A mother and two cubs went up the road by our house the other evening tearing down the small cherry trees along the wall. You could see where one of the cubs had wiped his bottom on a large stone and left traces of a diet of choke cherries and blueberries. I almost got one cornered in our pasture last night, but he lifted the wire and went under the fence. It is terrible.”

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source: August 31, 1925 letter to Louis Untermeyer from Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, in The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963), 176.

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“Not enough gets said about the importance of abandoning crap.”

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source: “Ira Glass on Storytelling 2,” YouTube

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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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