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Coy-Koi, secrets spring to life

 

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hints beneath the ice

wintered without food or light

secrets spring to life
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Koi, painting – oil on panel, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved
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Who’s There? / “Rescue dogs are the best dogs!!”


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“Rescue dogs are the best dogs!!”

Chris Evans, actor, twitter feed on National Pet Day, April 11, 2018

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“Who’s There?” (Breugel and Bella), oil on canvas, Douglas Moore, copyright 2015, all rights reserved

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Breugel (left) and Bella — our rescue family shortly after adoption.  Getting to know one another as bonds form. What else could I call this painting but “Who’s There?”

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“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”

“You can cut all the flowers but

you cannot keep spring from coming.”

Pablo Neruda

 


 

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Dawn Across the Garden, painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

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After the Tourists are Gone

“Once you have traveled…the mind can never break off from the journey.”

― Pat Conroy

 

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After the Tourists Are Gone – D. Moorezart, c 2016

“Once you have traveled…the mind can never break off from the journey.”

― Pat Conroy

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“Earth laughs in flowers.”

“Earth laughs in flowers.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 


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Painting by Douglas Moorezart, “Sunflowers and Cosmos”,  copyright 2018, all rights reserved

 

 

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“Listen, all creeping things, the bell of transience.”

 

“Listen, all creeping things, the bell of transience.”

Kobayashi Issa. poet


Blue Bloom, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved
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“you only get so many days on the planet”

“You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.”

―Galen Rowel

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Pacific Crest Sunrise – Douglas Moorezart, c 2016, all right reserved

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“find your eternity in each moment”

“find your eternity in each moment”

Henry David Thoreau.April 24, 1859


 

“In the moment”, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

 

 

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“Once we choose hope, everything is possible.”

 

“At some time, often when we least expect it, we all have to face overwhelming challenges. When the unthinkable happens, the lighthouse is hope… cling to it with absolute determination.

When we have hope, we discover powers within ourselves we may have never known- the power to make sacrifices, to endure, to heal, and to love.

Once we choose hope, everything is possible.”

Christopher Reeve


“Summer Shore”, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

 

 

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“no one has to explain a daffodil”

“Picasso said

that no one has to explain a daffodil.

Good design is understandable

to virtually everybody.

You never have to ask why.”

 

Hugh Newell Jacobsen


Daffodils in My Window - Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved
Daffodils in My Window – painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

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“remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”

Dream, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved
“Dreamer”, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

“Remember, remember always,

that all of us, and you and I especially,

are descended from immigrants

and revolutionists.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt


 

 

 

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“Free to Wander Wherever They Choose”

“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world;

but here the earth was the floor of the sky.”

― Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop

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One and one-half wandering Jews
Free to wander wherever they choose
Are traveling together
In the Sangre de Christo
The Blood of Christ Mountains
Of New Mexico
On the last leg of a journey
They started a long time ago
The arc of a love affair
Rainbows in the high desert air
Mountain passes
Slipping into stone
Hearts and bones

Paul Simon, Hearts and Bones

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Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

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#MeNeither – “I’ve never met an ordinary woman”


“I’ve never met an ordinary woman”

Joseph Campbell


Arcimboldo’s Muse, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2018, all rights reserved

“To the predators…. I say to you, ‘You can choose your sin but you don’t get to choose the consequences. To the victims …I see you. I believe you …and I’m listening’ ”

— Viola Davis, Variety, October 2017


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“Winter… Something waits beneath it”

 

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”

Andrew Wyeth, American, painter

 

The promise of seed, painting, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved
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“A puzzle without a solution is a work of art.”


“A puzzle with a solution is a game.

 

A puzzle without a solution is a work of art.”

 

— Marty Rubin


Dark Path, original photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

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To my friends – I’m safe for now!

Art of Quotation

The fires are raging here in Southern California and for now my small rural mountain community is safe.

I’m without power for two days now (the public utility shut all power off for up to 5 days). I just drove 35 miles to reach the nearest WiFi at Starbuck’s so I could post this note.

I see my regularly pre-scheduled posts have been working the last few days but I only prepare a few days ahead. So if I seem to disappear you know the reason.

Thanks for your understanding. My family (including our much loved pets – Bella and Bruegel) is ready to make a swift exit should a fire start near us.

May you all be safe and happy and I thank you for being my friend and for your follow these last 4 years!

Douglas

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“Some of us aren’t meant to belong. Some of us have to turn the world upside down…”


“Some of us aren’t meant to belong.
Some of us have to turn the world upside down
and shake the hell out of it until we
make our own place in it.”

― Elizabeth Lowell, Remember Summer

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Days of Summer, photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

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“We have not long to love. A night. A day…”

We Have Not Long, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2016, all rights reserved

“So moments pass as though
they wished to stay.
We have not long to love.
A night. A day….”
― Tennessee Williams, The Collected Poems

 

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“I can be changed by what happens to me. But…”

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.

Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

inspirationsale“On a recent wilderness hike I found myself quite lost, cold and sensing a growing panic in my gut.

I sat to collect my wits and it was then that I noticed this remarkable tree. It had somehow grown through an immovable boulder in an effort to claim its own place, its own life.

I found it an inspiring reminder about how we respond to seemingly insurmountable obstacles. And this photograph and print is the result. – Douglas

Tree of Inspiration, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/tree-of-inspiration-douglas-moorezart.html
Tree of Inspiration, Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, http://fineartamerica.com/featured/tree-of-inspiration-douglas-moorezart.html
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“privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

Myrrhiad, Photo: Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“Privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

Edward Snowden

 

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“The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to…”

“The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to live as a foreigner.”

-Italo Calvino

Promenade, copyright 2017, Douglas Moorezart, all rights reserved

 

 

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“a world where there are Octobers”

 

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Through The Island Forest by Douglas MooreZart – copyright 2016, all rights reserved. Original Fine Art Prints By Douglas MooreZart

 


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


In the mountains of southern California there is a lake with an island in its midst. Outside this island a majority of trees were consumed in a forest fire in 2003 (The infamous Cedar Fire).   Many of the trees had stood 200-300 or more years. But on the lake’s island you can still walk through a landscape of beautiful ancient oak and pine trees. On a fall day, as I walked the island’s edges, I came upon this spot-  a still standing glorious ancient survivor.  Autumn perfection – Fall color surrounds, the air is crisp and clear, migratory birds call above and the sun rests on the horizon.

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“Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”

 

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Idyll- D. Moorezart c 2017, all rights reserved

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day… So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”

― Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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“Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep”

The Blue Line, original photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep”

— Rachel Brathen

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“It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend”

“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend”

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Within our garden in the high mountains of New Mexico is a 150 year old Pinyon tree.  Our first few years here we made a twice daily pilgrimage to sit beneath this beautiful tree — folding chair in one hand, espresso in the other.

We end up here in time to see the sun rise and the night’s mist vanish.  And in book-end symmetry at sunset we sit silent observers of the distant mountains set beneath an O’Keeffe sky of crimson, orange and purple.

One day a question arrived.  How about more permanent ‘season ticket seating’?  How about an old-fashioned tree swing? How about that branch there?  But it’s old like us and might break. Perhaps an arbor to support it – a little insurance.

Arbor done, swing hung, but something was missing. It needs some color doesn’t it?  Many colors had potential. All were considered and it took some time to settle on just one. The final choice of vibrant yellow worked perfectly, poetically.

All elements in balance now and for 310 days a year (give or take), this swing seems to levitate in the rising and setting sun, like a magic carpet….two performances daily.


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The Yellow Swing – photography by  Douglas MooreZart – Fine Art Prints

 

 


 

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Emerald Twilight: “Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.”

Emerald Twilight - mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart
Emerald Twilight – mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

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“Take only memories,
leave nothing but footprints.”

-Chief Seattle

 


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” Will it be here… a place which will not elude us ? “

On the Edge – original photography by Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“Will it be here that we shall find a place
which will not elude us, or which if it remains
does not exert on us a culpable attraction?

Or must we, leaning over the deck and
watching the shores glide by,
move forever onward?”

― André Gide, Urien’s Voyage
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“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which… “

Succulent Garden – mixed media, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

 

“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.”

-William Frederick Halsey, Jr.

 

 

 

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Missions of California: “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is …”

 

Mission San Rafael Arcangel, mixed media, c 2017, all rights reserved, D. Moorezart
Mission San Rafael Arcangel, mixed media, c 2017, all rights reserved, D. Moorezart

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

― Shannon L. Alder

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” … but they have never found these dangers sufficient reasons for staying ashore.”


Point Reyes, D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

“The fisherman knows that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reasons for staying ashore.”

— Vincent van Gogh


 

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“The cure for anything…”

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Wave, acrylic on paper, D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”

– Isak Dinesen


 

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“life’s fast pace slows”

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Blue Rose – D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

As purple streaks the sky, life’s fast pace slows,
and day begins to drift into the night.
To one who stands alone my long gaze goes.
Unique and lovely is the bluest rose.

– Andrea Dietrich

 

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“in a world which is doing its best… to make you like everybody else”

Unnoticed – D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

“To be nobody but yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night
to make you like everybody else
means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight
and never stop fighting.”

― E.E. Cummings

 

 

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“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness…”

Dark and Light - D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved
Dark and Light – D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

– Mary Oliver


 

 

 

 

 

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“I discovered that my dream had become… my address.”

Sogno di Cartoline d’Italia– D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

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“When I went to Venice, I discovered that my dream had become- incredibly, but quite simply- my address.”

Marcel Proust

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“However vast the darkness we must supply our own light”

 

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Coastal Ramblings – D. Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

“However vast the darkness we must supply our own light”

— Stanley Kubrick

 

 

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“moments pass as though they wished to stay”

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Flaxen Ephemera – D. Moorezart, c 2017

“So moments pass as though
they wished to stay.
We have not long to love.
A night. A day….”

― Tennessee Williams, The Collected Poems

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“There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.”

 

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Forest Light – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2017, all rights reserved

 

There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.


~Leonard Cohen

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No Turning Back

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Study/Stairs of Firenze – D. Moorezart, c 2017

“How do you move on? You move on when your heart finally understands that there is no turning back.”

– J.R.R. Tolkein


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Suffering is Optional

Buddha Thoughts, copyright 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

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“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

–Buddha

 

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“summer to your heart”

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Summer to Your Heart, c 2017, all rights reserved, Douglas Moorezart

 

I know I am but summer to your heart (Sonnet XXVII)

I know I am but summer to your heart,
And not the full four seasons of the year;
And you must welcome from another part
Such noble moods as are not mine, my dear.
No gracious weight of golden fruits to sell
Have I, nor any wise and wintry thing;
And I have loved you all too long and well
To carry still the high sweet breast of Spring.
Wherefore I say: O love, as summer goes,
I must be gone, steal forth with silent drums,
That you may hail anew the bird and rose
When I come back to you, as summer comes.
Else will you seek, at some not distant time,
Even your summer in another clime.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

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Daily Illuminations

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Daily Illuminations – painting, Douglas Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved < click image for prints >

“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”

― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
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Spanish Harlem

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Spanish Harlem – Douglas Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved


“Spanish Harlem”

There is a rose in Spanish Harlem
A red rose up in Spanish Harlem

It is the special one, it’s never seen the sun
It only comes out when the moon is on the run
And all the stars are gleaming
It’s growing in the street
Right up through the concrete
But soft and sweet and dreaming

– Ben E. King


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“Music was my refuge”

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Street Musicians, D. Moorezart, c 2017, all rights reserved

 

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

― Maya Angelou

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been”

Art of Quotation

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been”

Diane Arbu, photographer


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“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”

Art of Quotation

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”

― John Milton, English. Poet, writer, from Paradise Lost


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In Memory: “I can still feel daunted by the sight of a large empty space waiting to be transformed.”

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In Memory: “Although I have been gardening for fifty-six years… I can still feel daunted by the sight of a large empty space waiting to be transformed.”

“We may have a wider approach to garden design if we have been helped to appreciate other forms of art: to be aware of basic principles – balance, repetition, harmony and simplicity – which apply to all forms of creativity. To look for these ideas in painting and architecture, or hear them in music, has certainly influenced me as much as knowing whether to put a plant in the shade, or in full sun.”

“We all pass on, our gardens change, many disintegrate and disappear. That is not important. What matters is the continuing cycle of sharing and learning about plants, and perhaps a little bit of us remains with our plants…maybe this is another precious thing about gardening.”

Beth Chatto, 1933-2018, author…

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“I think of my peace paintings as one long poem, with each painting being a single stanza.”

“For me, poetry is a… state of being, a way of facing life and facing history.”

Art of Quotation

“For me, poetry is a situation – a state of being, a way of facing life and facing history.”

Tahar Ben Jelloun, Moroccan, French, writer


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“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

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“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

Omar Khayyam, poet, astronomer


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In Memory: “In the coming years I have two great calamities to face: death and a biography. Let’s hope the first comes first.”

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“In the coming years I have two great calamities to face: death and a biography. Let’s hope the first comes first.”

Philip Roth, 1933-2018, writer


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