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Neil mentioned that the title for this story collection came from a phrase from a dream:
"I would make recall a life misspent on fragile things than spent avoiding moral debt."

What does this mean to you, out of curiosity?

I don't get it, but I think it means you should follow your talents (ie making or collecting stories in Neil's case) instead of fearing for the next world.

But what are your thoughts?
 
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It reminds me of the japanese conception of art - that carving in stone sucks some of the beauty from art. Striving for permanence is wrong. Art and perfection are ephemeral, and so easily broken - fragile.

Thus art can be simultaneously uplifting and melancholy, reflecting the delicate balance of existence, acting and risking breakages being infinitely preferable to holding still in stone and risking no moral debt.

It's an elegant phrase that refers to both what you should do in art and in living.

Although I could be reading too much into it.


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