from Thoreau's journal:

Is not the poet bound to write his own biography? Is there any other work for him but a good journal? We do not wish to know how his imaginary hero, but how he, the actual hero, lived from day to day.

- Oct. 21, 1857


Blogger Josh said...

Let the dream die.

I can remember being incredibly depressed when I learned that Ricard Strauss's Ein Heldenleiben (A Hero's Life) was not about a hyper-masculine warrior (which is what the music suggests). However, and quite sadly, it presents an autobiographical account of swords tearing flesh, eviscerated men screaming in terror, and heart-piercing flaming arrows...all in the arena of music composition.

There is no divorce in the marriage of fiction and life.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

...although, let's be honest, the occasional tryst perpetuates the relationship.

10:04 AM  

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