„I do not know anything about Art with a capital A. What I do know about is my art. Because it concerns me. I do not speak for others. So I do not speak for things which profess to speak for others. My art, however, speaks for me. It lights my way.“

—  Mark Danielewski, libro House of Leaves

Origine: House of Leaves

Ultimo aggiornamento 03 Giugno 2021. Storia
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