The fiercest hearts are in love with a wild perfection. —Stanley Kunitz

Careful Fear and Dead Devotion

And if you want to see me cry,

play Let It Be or Nevermind.

—The National, "Don't Swallow the Cap"

Ushio Shinohara

You throw yourself away to be an artist.

—Ushio Shinohara

Barrett Strong

Songs outlive people.
—Barrett Strong

The Knowing

I know it and I know I know it. What good is it to know?
—Hayden Carruth,
Loneliness: An Outburst of Hexasyllables

What good does knowing do?
—Jason Isbell,
Traveling Alone

Henry James

Sorrow comes in great waves — no one can know that better than you — but
it rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us it leaves us on
the spot and we know that if it is strong we are stronger, inasmuch as
it passes and we remain.

The New Poet Laureate

The Year in Music: 2009

Whatever It Was That Made You Love Them in the First Place

Forever Ago: The New Additions

The National

Looking for somewhere to stand and stay,
I leaned on the wall and the wall leaned away.
—The National, Slow Show 
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