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That Old Saying – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Description, Love, Quotes, Writing

You nod and watch her. She is an exceptionally beautiful girl. You think of that old saying Show me a beautiful girl and I’ll show you someone who is tired of fucking her. You doubt you would have ever tired of her, though.

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Falling In Love Over an Expression – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Description, Love, Writing

You were at the age where you could fall in love with a girl over an expression, over a gesture.

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Heart Plunging – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Description, Love, Writing

Yes—it’s an opposites-attract sort of thing, it’s a great-sex sort of thing, it’s a no-thinking sort of thing. It’s wonderful! Wonderful! Until one June day Alma discovers that you are also fucking this beautiful freshman girl named Laxmi, discovers the fucking of Laxmi because she, Alma, the girlfriend, opens your journal and reads. (Oh, she […]

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Thinking About the Beginning – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 26th, 2012 · No Comments · Love

All I can manage is a memory of the first time me and Magda talked. Back at Rutgers. We were waiting for an E bus together on George Street and she was wearing purple. All sorts of purple. And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s […]

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The Flattering Light of the Subjunctive – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Love, Prose, Writing

The relationship I might have had in the flattering light of the subjunctive.

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Stronger at the Broken Places – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Love, Quotes

Nobody climbs on skis now and almost everybody breaks their legs but maybe it is easier in the end to break your legs than to break your heart although they say that everything breaks now and that sometimes, afterwards, many are stronger at the broken places.

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Travelling Partners – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 1st, 2012 · No Comments · Love, Quotes, Travel

Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.

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Partnership – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 1st, 2012 · No Comments · Love

When you have two people who love each other, are happy and gay and really good work is being done by one or both of them, people are drawn to them as surely as migrating birds are drawn at night to a powerful beacon. If the two people were as solidly constructed as the beacon […]

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Interest and Power – “Goodbye to Berlin”, Christopher Isherwood

May 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Love, Power, Writing

If Otto wishes to humiliate Peter, Peter in his different way, also wishes to humiliate Otto. He wants to force Otto into making a certain kind of submission to his will, and this submission Otto refuses instinctively to make. Otto is naturally and healthily selfish, like an animal. If there are two chairs in a […]

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Quarrels Between Friends and Hidden Discords – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Love, Prose, Writing

One might have expected this quarrel to be forgotten as easily as their previous quarrels. But for some reason this particular flare-up was not forgotten. If two men’s lives are in harmony, they can quarrel, be wildly unjust to one another and then forget it. But if there is some hidden discord, then any thoughtlessness, […]

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