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"If Attila the Hun were alive today, he'd be a drama critic." — Edward Albee

There’s not much to say about these photographs I’ve taken over the years. I think the subjects speak for themselves.

The portraits are in alphabetical order.

Nelson Algren.
“Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.”

Maya Angelou.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Margaret Atwood.
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
James Baldwin.
“You have to go the way your blood beats. If you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live some other life, you won’t live any life at all.”
Jorge Luis Borges.
“To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.”
Ray Bradbury.
“Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it’s the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself.”
Gwendolyn Brooks.
We real cool. We   
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We
Sing sin. We   
Thin gin. We
Jazz June. We   
Die soon.
― “We Real Cool” from Selected Poems.
Italo Calvino.
“It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.”
Truman Capote.
“It is the want to know the end that makes us believe in God, or witchcraft, believe, at least, in something.”
Billy Collins.
“The mind can be trained to relieve itself on paper.”
John Cheever.
“I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss — you can’t do it alone.”
Lucille Clifton.
“What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else.”
Robertson Davies.
“I do not ‘get’ ideas; ideas get me.”
Angela Davis.
“I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change … I’m changing the things I cannot accept.”
E.L. Doctorow.
“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader — not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
Rita Dove.
“If we’re going to solve the problems of the world, we have to learn how to talk to one another. Poetry is the language at its essence. It’s the bones and the skeleton of the language. It teaches you, if nothing else, how to choose your words.”
Marcel Duchamp.
“Man can never expect to start from scratch; he must start from ready-made things, like even his own mother and father.”
Bob Dylan.
“Colleges are like old-age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges.”
Ralph Ellison.
“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.”
Janet Flanner.
“Genius is immediate, but talent takes time.”
Shelby Foote.
“People want to know why the South is so interested in the Civil War. I had maybe, it’s a rough guess, about fifty fistfights in my life. Out of those fifty fistfights, the ones that I had the most vivid memory of were the ones I lost. I think that’s one reason why the South remembers the war more than the North does.”
Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss).
“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”
Nikki Giovanni.
“A lot of people refuse to do things because they don’t want to go naked, don’t want to go without guarantee. But that’s what’s got to happen. You go naked until you die.”
Stephen Jay Gould.
“Science is an integral part of culture. It’s not this foreign thing, done by an arcane priesthood. It’s one of the glories of the human intellectual tradition.”
Francine du Plessix Gray.
“… in Aristotle … leisure is a far more noble, spiritual goal than work … leisure is pursued solely for its own sake …: the pleasures of music and poetry, … conversation with friends, and … gratuitous, playful speculation.”
Elizabeth Hardwick.
“The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.”
Seamus Heaney.
“History says, Don’t hope
On this side of the grave,
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme
So hope for a great sea change
On the far side of revenge.”
Alfred Hitchcock.
“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”
Jackie Kennedy.
“Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage and death.”
Robert Kennedy.
“Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.”
Doris Lessing.
“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”
Maya Lin.
“A lot of my works deal with a passage, which is about time. I don’t see anything that I do as a static object in space. It has to exist as a journey in time.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
“The one-and-only moments are justified. The return to them, even if temporarily, is valid. The moment over the marmalade and muffins is valid; the moment feeding the child at the breast is valid; the moment racing with him at the beach is valid. Finding shells together, polishing chestnuts, sharing one’s treasures: all these moments of together-aloneness are valid, but not permanent.” 
Mario Vargas Llosa.
“Life is a shitstorm, in which art is our only umbrella.” — Spoken by a character in a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa
Ross MacDonald.
“We writers, as we work our way deeper into our craft, learn to drop more and more personal clues. Like burglars who secretly wish to be caught, we leave our fingerprints on broken locks, our voiceprints in bugged rooms, our footprints in the wet concrete.”
Norman Mailer.
“Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego.”
Groucho Marx.
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
W.S. Merwin.
“On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree.”
Marianne Moore.
“The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive.”
Toni Morrison.
“The black woman is both a ship and a safe harbor.”
Walter Mosley.
“Black men of our day were never told, The sky’s the limit. … We could aspire to Joe Louis but never Henry Ford.” Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Lewis Mumford.
“A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.”
Alice Munro.
“I can’t play bridge. I don’t play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window.”
Albert Murray.
“When the Negro musician or dancer swings the blues, he is fulfilling the same fundamental existential requirement that determines the mission of the poet, the priest and the medicine man.”
Vladimir Nabokov.
“Caress the detail, the divine detail.”
Pablo Neruda.
“My poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.”
Georgia O’Keefe.
“Nobody sees a flower — really — it is so small it takes time — we haven’t time — and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
Grace Paley.
“Most of the Women’s Libbers I knew really didn’t want to have a piece of the men’s pie. They thought that pie was kind of poisonous, toxic, really full of weapons, poison gases, all kinds of mean junk we didn’t even want a slice of.”
Gordon Parks.
“I suffered evils, but without allowing them to rob me of the freedom to expand.”
Katherine Anne Porter.
“The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one’s own even more, one’s own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.”Ship of Fools
Jacqueline de Ribes.
“Between 1950 and 1955, I figured out my style. The real change occurred between 1953 and 1954. It had to do with my eye makeup. Everyone said I looked like Nefertiti. I don’t, but that’s how I got the idea.”
Philip Roth.
“A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy until they die!”
Oliver Sacks.
“It really is a very odd business that all of us, to varying degrees, have music in our heads.”
Anne Sexton.
“Poetry is my life, my postmark, my hands, my kitchen, my face.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer.
“I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.”
Terry Southern.
“There is no power on earth that can loosen a man’s grip on his own throat.”
Elizabeth Taylor.
“When people say, ‘She’s got everything,’ I’ve got one answer — I haven’t had tomorrow.”
Lionel Trilling.
“This is the great vice of academicism, that it is concerned with ideas rather than with thinking.”
Kurt Vonnegut.
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.”
Eudora Welty.
“A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.”
Tennessee Williams.
“If I got rid of my demons I’d lose my angels.”

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