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I think we all recognize that one of the problems in American culture is that increasingly, there’s no middle ground. That either you’re a celebrity writer or a celebrity poet, or else you’re nothing.

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It did no good to cry, she had learned that early on. She had also learned that every time she tried to make someone aware of something in her life, the situation just got worse. Consequently it was up to her to solve her problems by herself, using whatever methods she deemed necessary.

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This is what engineers in Silicon Valley typically do. "Ok, well, of course there are some problems of our technology because it is so excellent and is so global so we are just gonna build a better one."

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That’s the problem with relationships, It’s a contract. You agree to be some unchanging caricature of yourself. To act the same way all the time. Never to change. It’s counter-evolutionary. How can anything new and good come into your life, if you’re holding on to something that doesn’t exist anymore?

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I’ve had tinnitus for about 10 years, but since I started protecting my ears it hasn’t got any worse. Looking after your ears is unfortunately something you don’t think about until there’s a problem. I wish I’d thought about it earlier.

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People don’t seem to have a problem with a romanticized New York, in fact that’s almost all they ever do, in some sense, is romanticize that place. Los Angeles deserves the same courtesy.

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She was the only woman in the homicide unit, and already there had been problems between her and another detective, charges of sexual harassment, countercharges of unrelenting bitchiness.

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Of course, we found out later Syd Barrett had mental problems. But there was something so otherworldly about him. He was hovering, like, six inches above the ground.