“…I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires…”
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“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?” Mo had said…”As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.”
“…it’s clear that Luke Skywalker was the original Gen Xer. For one thing, he was incessantly whiny. For another, he was exhaustively educated—via Yoda—about things that had little practical value (i.e., how to stand on one’s head while lifting a rock telekinectically). Essentially, Luke went to the University of Dagobah with a major in Buddhist philosophy and a minor in phsyical education. There’s not a lot of career opportunities for that kind of schooling; that’s probably why he dropped out in the middle of the semester.”
“Some of New York’s best-informed men are elevator operators, who rarely talk but always listen—like doormen. Sardi’s doorman listens to the comments made by Broadway’s first-nighters walking by after the last act. He listens closely. He listens carefully. Within ten minutes of the curtain’s fall he can tell you which shows will flop and which will be hits.”
“In college, I used to underline sentences that struck me, that made me look up from the page. They were not necessarily the same sentences the professors pointed out, which would turn up for further explication on an exam. I noted them for their clarity, their rhythm, their beauty and their enchantment. For surely it is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do.”
“We must learn to suffer whatever we cannot avoid. Our life is composed, like the harmony of the world, of discords as well as of different tones, sweet and harsh, sharp and flat, soft and loud. If a musician liked only some of them, what could he sing? He has got to know how to use all of them and blend them together. So too must we with good and will, which are of one substance with our life.”