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Both anxiety and desire ‘are tilted toward the future’

Open to Desire The Truth About What the Buddha Taught

Anxiety and desire are two, often conflicting, orientations to the unknown. Both are tilted toward the future. Desire implies a willingness, or a need, to engage this unknown, while anxiety suggests a fear of it. Desire takes one out of oneself, into the possibility or relationship, but it also takes one deeper into oneself. Anxiety turns one back on oneself, but only onto the self that is already known.

Mark Epstein M.D.Open to Desire: The Truth About What the Buddha Taught

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Philip Roth (RIP): ‘Writing turns you into someone who’s always wrong’

“Writing turns you into someone who’s always wrong. The illusion that you may get it right is the perversity that draws you on.”

Philip Roth

In 2016, Roth donated 3,500 of his books to his hometown library in Newark, his ‘other home.’ Among those were the fifteen books Roth said influenced his life the most.

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Good health. Interesting work. Satisfying personal relationships. It’s worth checking every now and then.

Ian McEwan
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He’s basically thinking in tweets because of the Valium.

— David Mitchell explains the protagonist in his new book to be published exclusively on Twitter.
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Once artists start asking how many “likes” they’ve garnered, they’re no longer making art; they’re moving product.

Mark Slouka

(via Karim)

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Everyone thinks they have a book in them. But most of us have only a chapter or two.

— William Novak, top ghostwriter