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In the end Navidson is left with one page and one match. For a long time he waits in darkness and cold, postponing this final bit of illumination. At last though, he grips the match by the neck and after locating the friction strip sparks to life a final ball of light.

First, he reads a few lines by match light and then as the heat bites his fingertips he applies the flame to the page. Here then is one end: a final act of reading, a final act of consumption. And as the fire rapidly devours the paper, Navidson's eyes frantically sweep down over the text, keeping just ahead of the necessary immolation, until as he reaches the last few words, flames lick around his hands, ash peels off into the surrounding emptiness, and then as the fire retreats, dimming, its light suddenly spent, the book is gone leaving nothing behind but invisible traces already dismantled in the dark.


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One of the reasons inequality gets so deep in this country is that everyone wants to be rich. That&#...
JAY-Z
It was a weird mix of emotions. One day, your best friend could be killed. The day before, you could...
JAY-Z
Hip-hop gave a generation a common ground that didn't require either race to lose anything; everyone...
JAY-Z
A poet's mission is to make words do more work than they normally do, to make them work on more than...
JAY-Z
Racism is taught in the home. We agree on that? Well, it's very hard to teach racism to a teenag...
JAY-Z
I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgments, no matter who it's toward...
JAY-Z
I think the problem with people, as they start to mature, they say, 'Rap is a young man's ga...
JAY-Z
May the best of your today, be the worst of your tommorrow.
JAY Z
Companies that pretend to care about music and really care about other things - whether it be hardwa...
JAY-Z
No matter where you go, you are what you are playa
JAY-Z
Hip-hop has done so much for racial relations, and I don't think it's given the proper credi...
JAY-Z
I listen to everything - from Sarah McLachlan and Alanis Morissette all the way down to rap like Sca...
JAY-Z
He slid her a skeptical look. “What is that?”
She almost laughed at the suspicion in his fa...
Z. ROCKWARD
I think of myself as a plain human being who happens to be an American.
LAURA Z. HOBSON
One of the best parts of being a writer means that researching all kinds of cool stuff actually coun...
GAIL Z. MARTIN
I like the classic look. Keep it simple. There's only so much you can wear.
C. Z. GUEST
Yeah, I think A Confederacy of Dunces is probably the perfect New Orleans book.
POPPY Z. BRITE
The 'teenager' seems to have replaced the Communist as the appropriate target for public controversy...
EDGAR Z. FRIEDENBERG
What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable, rather than how valuable we are.
EDGAR Z. FRIEDENBERG
What I don't understand is these people who go on the street wearing riding clothes, and they ha...
C. Z. GUEST
I grew up in an agnostic broad-minded family.
LAURA Z. HOBSON
This is the point being missed by readers who lament Liquor's lack of hot sex scenes, probably b...
POPPY Z. BRITE
It was like discovering that your innermost fires and terrors, the things you believed no one else c...
POPPY Z. BRITE
Much of the story we have told falls outside the boundaries of modern academic disciplines and their...
JERRY Z. MULLER
The way the snowflakes float like tiny feathers—there’s an elegance to it. I could watch for hou...
ALEX Z. MOORES
It takes a kind of shabby arrogance to survive in our time, and a fairly romantic nature to want to.
EDGAR Z. FRIEDENBERG
I've always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend.
C. Z. GUEST
Some nights are made for torture, or reflection, or the savoring of loneliness.
POPPY Z. BRITE
New Orleans cuisine is Creole rather than Cajun.
POPPY Z. BRITE
The short story is like an old friend who calls whenever he is in town. We are happy to hear from it...
R. Z. SHEPPARD
The San Francisco Bay Area [is] the playpen of countercultures.
R. Z. SHEPPARD
Not only do most people accept violence if it is perpetrated by legitimate authority, they also rega...
EDGAR Z. FRIEDENBERG
An old man loved is winter with flowers.
EDGAR Z. FRIEDENBERG
The 'teenager' seems to have replaced the Communist as the appropriate target for public controversy...
EDGAR Z. FRIEDENBERG
[Ken] Kesey practices what has come to be known as gonzo journalism. The reporter, often intoxicated...
R. Z. SHEPPARD
His reserve of disdain appears endless. He could no sooner shut it off than a vampire could forgo hi...
R. Z. SHEPPARD
The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
SIGMUND Z. ENGEL
My father loved antique shops and shows, and quite a bit of my childhood involved outings to dim, du...
GAIL Z. MARTIN
The most important thing is to enjoy yourself and have a good time.
C. Z. GUEST
If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have ta...
P. Z. PEARCE
The continuous invention of new ways of observing is man's special secret of living.
J. Z. YOUNG
His reserve of disdain appears endless. He could no sooner shut it off than a vampire could forgo hi...
R. Z. SHEPPARD
An able practitioner of glitz lit.
R. Z. SHEPPARD
Let the night come. We are not afraid.
POPPY Z. BRITE
The last dying days of summer, fall coming on fast. A cold night, the first of the season, a change ...
POPPY Z. BRITE
And I can't think of a reason I'd ever use a pseudonym, as I wouldn't want to publish so...
POPPY Z. BRITE
An internal breakthrough is a burden, an external one is a blessing.
MARK
The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.
POPPY Z. BRITE
When the great white silence comes and fills the boughs of the trees with a thickening, glistening b...
J. Z. KNIGHT
Getting to share the stories in my head with other people and have them enjoy those stories, and hav...
GAIL Z. MARTIN
The 370-year-old antique shop Trifles and Folly is the heart of 'Deadly Curiosities,' my new...
GAIL Z. MARTIN
I always send new writers to 'Writer's Digest Books' line-up of how-to books. I read the...
GAIL Z. MARTIN
I grew up around old stuff that was not necessarily valuable, but certainly unusual.
GAIL Z. MARTIN
I call myself, 'The Estee Lauder of the garden world.' I'm my own little conglomerate.
C. Z. GUEST
All the girls today want to be famous, but they haven't earned their spurs.
C. Z. GUEST
My childhood may have been more demented than most, because I learned to read very early and was all...
POPPY Z. BRITE