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Anti-progress: focus on each moment. Don’t look forwards or backwards. Change will come of its own accord. Be still. Look at Matisse’s cut-outs. Anti-worry.

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Think of literature like boxing weight classes. Reading is an endurance sport. Sartre said, ‘talent is pulling the chair to the table.’ Talent is the ability to concentrate. Training is required. Ulysses is heavyweight. Get down the gym.

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The impossible task of thinking for yourself but also knowing the entire history of human thought and opinion. You don’t know that obscure, unpublished paper of that obscure thinker that may or may not have existed? Are you stupid or something?