Delectable Bolaño from “Beyond Parentheses”

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No one in the world is as brave as a poet. No one in the world faces disaster with more dignity and understanding… Behind these shadowy fronts are probably the toughest people in the world, and definitely the bravest. If I had to hold up the most heavily fortified bank in America, I’d take a gang of poets. The attempt would probably end in disaster, but it would be beautiful. (117)

My friend says that the secret is to stay relaxed and read a lot and work constantly. But don’t you ever get sad? I ask him. Sometimes I get sad, he says almost in a whisper, but I’m always happy. (120)

The joy of being alive with no further discussion. (124)

The thousand lotions, the sunscreens. They smell of democracy, of civilization. (130)

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