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Truthfulness to life—both fantasy life and factual life—is the basis of all great art. Maurice Sendak, who died yesterday 5 years ago. 

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And if sun comes How shall we greet him? Shall we not dread him,  Shall we not fear him After so lengthy a Session with shade? Gwendolyn Brooks “truth” in Annie Allen. Greenwood Press (1949)

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Tell all the truth but tell it slant — Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth’s superb surprise As Lightning to the Children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind — Emily Dickinson: Tell all the truth but tell it slant — (1263)

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“It does not say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty.”

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richnacin: Concrete ideas…