Eating a bowl of pasta is not writing. Writing about it is. Understanding that one experience could feed the other is.
The problem with declinism is that it confirms the virtues of our highest, impossible solutions to fundamental problems.
In Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective novel A Study in Scarlet (1887) we learn that Sherlock Holmes used the most effective memory system known: a memory palace.
Few people in 18th-century Britain were as forthright in their lack of religious faith as Hume was, and his skepticism had earned him a lifetime of abuse and reproach from the pious.
If you did good, you would know about it and you are not no one. Perhaps, in this world of conscious ills, a visible and aspirational good is now our only counter.
The poet is always traveling in her mind when she is possessed by the spirit of poetry, and taking stock of the itinerary along the way.
If Sartre is right and 'Hell is other people,' getting away from them often makes for the best kind of travel and art.
I am absolutely certain that travel is not a necessary activity for a writer. To speak of the only place you know may give that place the only record it has had.
Reality is already so bloody insane that you get credit only for staying sane despite it all! You are not really swimming if you let the current wash you away.
I think my daily commute has been more important to my thinking and writing than any long journey I’ve taken.
Memories, like photographs, live in the continuous present though their grains alter each time you enter.
Where there is fear there is wonder. And sometimes transformations occur between the two.
The less one walks – around town, around the neighbourhood – the more tenuous your grip on the substance and core of life, and life is really what one is constantly engaged with and in, if you write.
Sometimes I sit in a cafe or at a desk. Often as I walk in the park near our apartment I compose lines in my head. Several poets do this.
Travel, like writing, is not an end in itself; it is not an endgame that inevitably matures, ripens and falls following a foreseen or not so foreseen denouement.
Kabir says, I am standing on the cross roads of life, if you want to be a poet, first put your house on fire and come with me and be a poet.
I love traveling and seem to have been born with wheels on my feet, as we say in Bengali.