_102420231833 (Authenticity Fetish)

“All poets like to get drunk, Du Fu said, more loudly now, because getting drunk is always authentic. Poets have a total authenticity fetish, which is why they love getting drunk. No one can argue that getting drunk is always an authentic act undertaken by an authentic agent. This is something we share with butterflies, that is to say, authenticity. He drained his glass. And drunkenness. Places glass down heavily, he said, placing his glass down heavily.”

Sam Riviere, A True Account of Talking to Du Fu at Vesuvio’s, 2023

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