The Sensitive Mind is not the weak mind, but rather the mind overloaded with sensation, burdened with noticing texture and variance. The Sensitive Mind must be extremely disciplined to avoid remaining overwhelmed while at the same time leaving itself free to experience the multitudinous experiences it receives. To call someone insensitive then is a declaration of that individual’s numbness towards experience and towards variance in experience. The insensitive live without greater experience. The sensitive live with too much experience. It is the task of both to reach fuller living, greater living, where discipline and freedom dance around each other in harmony and effective production.Dig Yourself (via howitzerliterarysociety)
Blake Butler on Timothy Willis Sander’s new novel ‘Matt Meets Vik’:
Much of Sanders’s power comes from the way he wields unvarnished thought. His narration often meanders between non-sequitur observations that most writers would keep to themselves and clear, declarative impressions of people and places that don’t necessarily contribute to any concrete plot goal, but at the same time provide a unique ambient tone. By way of example, here’s a patently Sanders trio of sentences: ‘Matt parked the Isuzu Trooper. He thought, “My SUV,” and pictured George W. Bush saying, “Terrorism.” He stared at the Isuzu logo on the steering wheel and thought, “One term president. Or everything is over for humanity.”’ For once, I understand. There is something made apparent about existence simply through pairing cultural detritus with emotional tone, the redundancy of having to go on being a person every day surrounded by whatever you are surrounded by, looking for meaning.
plus an excerpt from the novel