Unstable Molecules

Writing about the books I'm reading while writing a book about reading.
"With art, the strongest vision will prevail, even if it takes decades, centuries to do so, as with William Blake. There is no need to even take a vote upon which is the strongest vision: that would be the one just sitting quietly in its undisputed corner of our culture, nonchalantly picking its teeth with the sternums of its rivals. Mozart brings down Salieri, sleeps for two days after feasting, during which time the savannah can relax. Lunging out suddenly from tower-block shadows, J.G. Ballard takes out Kingsley Amis, while Jean Cocteau is all over D.W. Griffiths’ scrawny Imperial Cyclops ass like a motherfucker. An artistic natural selection, bloody-minded but balanced."

Alan Moore, from "Fossil Angels"

"They bypassed the death of their reality by becoming fictional in ours!"

Wally Sage from Flex Mentallo, Issue #4 by Grant Morrison

"People who are lonely, people left alone, sit talking nonsense to the air, imagining beautiful systems dying, old fixed orders spiraling apart..."

Harper Pitt from "Angels in America: Millenium Approaches" by Tony Kushner

"He told the man that in America it was nonsense to invent a country-- what they ought to do was invent a planet"

Jorge Luis Borges, "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"

Currently reading

Elizabeth Bishop, Saskia Hamilton
Iron Council
China Miéville
Confessions of an English Opium Eater (Great Ideas)
Thomas de Quincey