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Music for Desks: “Hearing Muted Music”

Shakira: “It’s not her fault that she’s so irresistible/ But all the damage she’s caused isn’t fixable.”

This brings quite the smirk to my face: the idea of a Latina pop superstar singing about two white titans of American art

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So much of writing is about how you deal with failure. I meet a lot of young people who have the talent and the work ethic to write. A lot of them are really intelligent and have succeeded for much of their lives. But writing is different: you have to fail in order to move forward. You can’t smart your way out of it. You can be smart as hell and it just doesn’t matter. You’re going to fail.

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New York is great for writers insofar as you can pay someone to bring you food, to take your washing out and bring it back clean. It enables you. Writers always feel guilty when they’re doing anything but writing, and New York allows you to really write all the time

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