The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.
Lose something every day.—Elizabeth Bishop, “One Art.” Poetry Foundation. 1979.
Maria Bamford on Mental Illness, Climate Change, Losing, Dying Young, Addiction, Being a Single Mother, Relationship Failure, Financial Ruin, Loneliness and Unspeakable Tragedy. Sounds hilarious, doesn’t it? And it is! Once the Joneses hear about the advantages of mental illness, everyone’s going to want it.
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“Life is mostly just learning how to lose…There are two kinds of people left in this world, consumers and destroyers. We used to have creators, but they all ran away…All good children stories are the same: young creature breaks rules, has incredible adventure, then returns home with the knowledge that the aforementioned rules are there for a reason…Of course, the actual message to the careful reader is: break rules as often as you can, because who the hell doesn’t want to have an adventure?…There’s always money in conflict….It’s the stories with no sides that worry them.”
—Vaughan, Brian K. and Staples, Fiona. Saga, v. 3. Image Comics. 2012.