How dull to have a gun and not shoot. Guns should be fired.

Fu Yuli / Nicky Harman

Liao Yiwu: The Prison Notebooks,0

A quip from another era, usually attributed to Aldous Huxley, defined an intellectual as someone—presumably a man—who discovers there are more interesting things in life than women. Reading the exiled Chinese poet and writer Liao Yiwu suggests a less sexist corollary to this badly dated notion: the best writers are artists who have learnt that other people are more interesting than themselves.


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