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    Who Said It: Franz Kafka Or Pitchfork's Jayson Greene?

    Franz Kafka was a 20th century German Modernist who wrote about anxiety and bureaucracy. Jayson Greene is a 21st century music critic who largely writes about rap and celebrity culture. In his review of Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, however, Greene bridged into one of Kafka's favorite realms — the absurd! Can you tell if the following lines come from a Kafka short story or Greene's The Life of Pablo review?

    1. "He made an effort with the most careful articulation and by inserting long pauses between the individual words to remove everything remarkable from his voice."

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      Kafka!

      This quote (as translated by Ian Johnston) describes the actions of Gregor Samsa, the protagonist of Kafka's most famous short story, "The Metamorphosis."

      Via Wikipedia
    2. "... namesake is a provocation, a mystery, a sly acknowledgment of multitudes.”

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      Greene!

      Greene writes this line when discussing the meaning behind The Life of Pablo's cryptic title.

      Via Damon Winter/The New York Times
    3. "Chaos reigned, and as the twists and turns mounted, it was hard to keep from laughing helplessly."

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      Greene!

      Greene again. The Pitchfork reviewer concluded a paragraph about The Life of Pablo's complicated rollout with this sentence.

      Via Rodrigo Ferrari
    4. "He would have nothing in response to that, but could only add that he did not understand what he was doing on this occasion."

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      Kafka!

      This line is from Ian Johnston's translation of Kafka's 1941 short story "In the Penal Colony."

      Via The New York Times
    5. "His ability to package hundreds of stray threads into a whole that feels not just thrilling, but inevitable.”

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      Greene!

      This quote might be a bit obvious. Greene writes this sentence in praise of The Life of Pablo as a complete album.

      Via XXL
    6. "In the early days he could hardly wait for the pauses in the performances. He had looked forward with delight to the crowd pouring around him."

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      Kafka!

      This sentence comes from Ian Johnston's translation of Kafka's 1922 "A Hunger Artist," which describes an artist who fasts in front of audiences.

      Via Wikipedia
    7. "[A]fter a turbulent life leaving many artistic revolutions and mistreated women in his wake, … the artist finally settles down.”

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      Greene!

      This line appears midway through Greene's comparison of Kanye West to Pablo Picasso (whom, it turns out, the album wasn't named for after all).

      Via The Independent
    8. "It doesn’t have to match your convictions at all, so long as it corresponds to his wishes."

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      Kafka!

      Another quote from Johnston's translation of "In the Penal Colony," although it easily reads as a description of West's creative process.

      Via Huffington Post
    9. "[Y]ou can almost hear them chuckling: None of this matters, because none of it is real.”

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      Greene!

      Yup, it's Greene, again commenting on the insanity of West's The Life of Pablo release.

      Via Dimitrous Kambouris/Getty Images
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