16 July (1955): Anne Morrow Lindbergh to Constance Morgan

Most doctors try to dynamite all the bridges between the unconscious and the conscious because they are afraid of the unconscious (shock treatment, drugs, etc.). Rosen is afraid of the unconscious too, but fascinated by it. He tries to (1) keep the bridge open, even the most tenuous bridge—make more bridges, (2) be more permissive than most doctors about schizophrenic behavior…

8 July (1913): Walter Benjamin to Carla Seligson

All around us we see those who once suffered the same thing and saved themselves by taking refuge in coldness and superiority. It is not that we fear what we are experiencing, but rather the dreadful result: that after the lived experience we will become numb and assume the same cowardly gesture unto eternity…

Imagined Conversations (7.7.14)

A: She did not seem to understand we were talking about a comedy book and not the transcripts from the Nuremberg Trial.
B: That hamster was going to start appearing in press conferences.
A: Right? For selfish reasons, I wish she’d decided to spend more time being a genius.
B: Obviously. Efficiency is great for U.S. Steel, but it doesn’t necessarily make sense for books.
A: Right…

4 July (1950): Italo Calvino to Mario Motta

Now I believe that this is a modern man’s achievement (or rather the achievement for which he should strive): to shed the myth of a teleological “paradise” (whether metaphysical or on earth) as man’s true homeland, and to find this human homeland instead in the heart of his own works and days…