- Birthday, Books, Quotes, Reading, Writing

“‘Reason cannot produce the poetry disorder does.'”

 

“Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.”

“A book is simply the container of an idea—like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.”

“My work cuts like a steel blade at the base of a man’s penis.”

“I think it’s one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.”

“[N]othing is a matter of life and death except life and death.”

“Anticipation is the greater part of pleasure.”

“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.”

“I desire therefore I exist.”

“Love is the synthesis of dream and actuality; love is the only matrix of the unprecedented; love is the tree which buds lovers like roses.”

 

John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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