From “The Catastrophe of Success,” anthologized in The Outlaw Bible of American Essays, ed. by Alan Kaufman:

Then what is good? The obsessive interest in human affairs, plus a certain amount of compassion and moral conviction, that first made the experience of living something that must be translated into pigment or music or bodily movement or poetry or prose or anything that’s dynamic and expressivee–that’s what’s good for you if you’re at all serious in your aims. William Saroyan wrote a great play on this theme, that purity of heart is the one success worth having. “In the time of your life–live!” That time is short and it doesn’t return again. It is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, loss, loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition. –Tennessee Williams


One Response to “XXIV.”

  1. Abe Graef Says:

    True, my biological clock, like all of us, is ticking…
    Since i no longer own a computer and can’t always access the one at work, please respond via e-mail, if possible, so we canstay in touch…
    But your blog is touching whenver I have do read it…

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