Category: Mary Ruefle

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I used to think I wrote because there was something I wanted to say. Then I thought, ‘I will continue to write because I have not yet said what I wanted to say’; but I know now I continue to write because I have not yet heard what I have been listening to. — Mary…

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“To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations”

In LECTURES I WILL NEVER GIVE (Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures) Mary Ruefle writes: Once I wanted to write a lecture on two self-portraits by the German artist Käthe Kollowitz, (…) single self-portraits are not half as interesting as two self-portraits by the same artist painted thirty or forty years apart. When Käthe painted herself…

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TWO SHORT LECTURES

Some of you already know; I am a big fan of Mary Ruefle. Her new collection of texts is just … brilliant! To give you an idea of how she writes, I will quote the two first of her TWENTY-TWO SHORT LECTURES: WHY ALL OUR LITERARY PURSUITS ARE USELESS Eighty-five percent of all existing species…

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