Wolf Writers Talk Contra III: The Alien Wars

by Salvatore Pane

“The grisly parade of the spectre years trooped through his brain. Suddenly,
he saw that his life had been channelled by a series of accidents: a mad
Rebel singing of Armageddon, the sound of a bugle on the road, the
mule-hoofs of the army, the silly white face of an angel in a dusty shop, a slut’s pert wiggle of her hams as she passed by.”

-Thomas Wolfe

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

-Virginia Woolf

“In military flight training the idea here seemed to be that a man should have the ability to go up in a hurtling piece of machinery and put his hide on the line and then have the moxie, the reflexes, the experience, the coolness, to pull it back in the last yawning moment–and then go up again the next day, and the next day, and every next day, even if the series should prove infinite–and, ultimately, in its best expression, do so in a cause that means something to thousands, to a people, a nation, to humanity, to God.”

-Tom Wolfe

“Knowing that everything comes to an end is a gift of experience, a consolation gift for knowing that we ourselves are coming to an end. Before we get it we live in a continuous present, and imagine the future as more of that present. Happiness is endless happiness, innocent of its own sure passing. Pain is endless pain.”

-Tobias Wolff