Reality Hunger

This is the wager, isn't it? It's by remaining faithful to the contingencies and peculiarities of your own experience and the vagaries of your own nature that you stand the greatest chance of conveying something universal.

Geoff Dyer, quoted in David Shield's book Reality Hunger

To be alive is to travel ceaselessly between the real and the imaginary, and mongrel form is about as exact an emblem as I can conceive for the unsolvable mystery at the center of identity.

David Shields, Reality Hunger

A great painting comes together, just barely.

Picasso, from Reality Hunger