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For those unfamiliar with the late-Gertrude Stein’s notoriously difficult writing, a quick glance at one of her most famous pieces, Sacred Emily, should provide enough background with which to appreciate the following rejection letter, sent to Stein by her despairing editor in 1912 after receiving one of her rambling manuscripts.

 

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“Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten”.

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“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww'”— On the Road–Jack Kerouac

“I wanna feel the grass between my toes
I wanna hear the birds
as they come and go
And I’d love to fly
if I had wings
And I’d bring you with me
I wanna hit the beach,
the ocean air
And we’ll let the sand get everywhere
We’ll watch the sun as it melts away
And I’ll smile just the same with you

Cloudless skies, summer days
Feels just like it’s on the way
Kids are out, safe to play 
and it feels just like A beautiful day
Cloudless skies, summer days
Feels just like it’s on the way Kids are out, safe to say that it  A beautiful day….” 

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