"It seems to me that the writers we love most are those who manage to capture something we ourselves have thought and rejected, for being forbidden, dangerous, elusive, something that if we made room for it would undo something else we want to keep, so we force it away—literature as a catalogue of rejected thoughts. For the way they can hold onto what the rest of us would put away as dangerous, they become heroes, the ones who emerge with the one thing we hoped to keep secret, but know we need. When I say to you James Salter is one of my heroes, that is what I mean."
--From an essay by Alexander Chee
French election 2017: voters go to the polls in wide-open contest - Top two finishers from 11 candidates will advance to runoff on 7 May that will decide the country’s next president Voting is under way in the first round...
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