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a peculiar value
20 May 1980
'There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in...'

— Leonard Cohen

“Sometimes an artist's first invention is herself.”
-Stephanie Vaughn

“Writing becomes an act of compassion toward life, the life we so often refuse to see because if we look too closely or feel too deeply, there may be no end to our suffering. But words empower us, move us beyond our suffering, and set us free. This is the sorcery of literature. We are healed by our stories.”
-Terry Tempest Williams

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