On learning how to write

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“Close-reading texts of great writers helps. When I start writing after I’ve just dismembered Nabokov on the table […] his hand is like a ghost hand guiding mine. Not all but some of the techniques have seeped into my subconscious.”

—Zeynep Ozakat in her Glimmer Train essay, “It’s High School Biology Class All Over Again and Here’s Your Frog. His Name Is Kafka.”