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"...you feel you have to rescue these things..."

My, this is certainly sobering:

"When your life is half over, I think you have to see the face of death in order to start writing seriously. There are people who see the end quickly, like Rimbaud. When you start seeing it, you feel you have to rescue these things. Death is the great Maecenas, Death is the great angel of writing. You must write because you are not going to live any more."
—Carlos Fuentes

Fuentes just passed away, at age 83. Based on his prolific output, I'd say he rescued plenty.

May 15, 2012 in Books | Permalink