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The Rumpus Interview with Elizabeth Gilbert

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This is how I think of it: there’s a contract between you and the mystery. And the mystery is the thing that brings life to the work. But your part of the contract is that you have to be the plow mule, or the mystery won’t show up. It might not even show up if you do your work. There’s no guarantee.

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Rachel Khong: The Last Book I Loved, Turtle Diary

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The tempting line of thinking for lonely people is that if only there were somebody who’d understand, we could somehow be less alone. But there’s the fear that this person does not exist—along with innumerable other fears—and thinking only makes matters worse.

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