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+ Destiny’s Kisses and Dope-Slaps

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The most life-changing events in our lives are not really down to us. I read a quote the other day from David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest, which beautifully elaborates on the seemingly serendipitous nature of life: “Both destiny’s kisses and its dope-slaps illustrate an individual person’s basic personal powerlessness…

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+ Philip Larkin’s Letters to Monica

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Although many years have passed since I was first introduced to Philip Larkin’s fantastically down-to-earth and relatable poems at high school, BBC Radio 4’s readings of Letters to Monica instantly sparked my interest. I found this (fairly long) passage from Telegraph.co.uk, which really captures the intensity of his admiration for…

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