"I didn’t know what I was doing yet I did it. I became more fixated with where I was heading. I hurled myself towards my personal god: SIMPLICITY. The tighter the smaller you got it the less chance there was of error and the lie. Genius could be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. Words were bullets, words were sunbeams, words cracked through the doom and damnation. I played with words. I tried to write paragraphs that read the same across as down. I was playing. Time to play is important."
- Basic Training, Charles Bukowski