Only love could pick a nested pair of steel Bramah locks.
Poor little librarians of the world, those girls, secretly lovely, their looks marred forever by the cruelty of a pair of big dark eyeglasses!
All he would have needed to do, to find comfort in the Christian's words, was to believe.
She had long since lost the sense of her dresses and skirts and blouses; they were rote phrases of rayon and cotton that she daily intoned.
And then the man reminded Max, with a serious but suave and practiced air, that freedom was a debt that could be repaid only by purchasing the freedom of others.
Sitting on Rosa's moth-littered bed, he felt a resurgence of all the aches and inspirations of those days when his life had revolved around nothing but Art, when snow fell like the opening piano notes of the Emperor Concerto, and feeling horny reminded him of a passage from Nietzsche, and a thick red-streaked dollop of crimson paint in an otherwise uninteresting Velazquez made him hungry for a piece of rare meat.
And yet in her eyes there was something unreadable, something that did not want to be read, the determined blankness that in predator animals conceals hostile calculation and in prey forms part of an overwhelming effort to seem to have disappeared.
The devolution of American culture takes another great step forward
As any two people who have ever dressed in matching pajamas will attest, it was surprisingly effective.
The two dozen commonplace childhood photographs - snowsuit, pony, tennis racket, looming fender of a Dodge - were an inexhaustible source of wonder for him, at her having existed before he met her, and of sadness for his possessing nothing of the ten million minutes of that black-and-white scallop-edged existence save these few proofs.
Every golden age is as much a matter of disregard as of felicity.
They lay there for a few seconds, in the dark, in the future, listening to the fabulous clockwork of their hearts and lungs, and loving each other
Every universe, our own included, begins in conversation. Every golem in the history of the world, from Rabbi Hanina's delectable goat to the river-clay Frankenstein of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, was summoned into existence through language, through murmuring, recital, and kabbalistic chitchat -- was, literally, talked into life.
We have the idea that our hearts, once broken, scar over with an indestructible tissue that prevents their ever breaking again in quite the same place...
Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.
When he walked outside again, the sky was shining like a nickel and the air was filled with the smell of sugared nuts.
His dreams had always been Houdiniesque: they were the dreams of a pupa struggling in its blind cocoon, mad for a taste of light and air.
With patience and calm, persistence and stoicism, good handwriting and careful labeling, they would meet persecution, indignity, and hardship head-on.
In the immemorial style of young men under pressure, they decided to lie down for a while and waste time.
It was not what he expected from a foulmouthed flower of bohemia, but he had a feeling there was both more and less to her than that.
It was rare but not unheard of for an analysand tossed by tides of transference and desublimation to seek the safety of Dr. Kavalier's doorstep or by contrast inflamed with the special hatred of counter-transference to leave herself there in some desperate condition as a cruel prank like a paper sack of dog turds set afire.
It was, in part, a longing - common enough among the inventors of heroes - to be someone else; to be more than the result of two hundred regimens and scenarios and self-improvement campaigns that always ran afoul of his perennial inability to locate an actual self to be improved
No; he could be ruined again and again by hope, but he would never be capable of belief.
Nothing that had ever happened to him, not the shooting of Oyster, or the piteous muttering expiration of John Wesley Shannenhouse, or the death of his father, or internment of his mother and grandfather, not even the drowning of his beloved brother, had ever broken his heart quite as terribly as the realization, when he was halfway to the rimed zinc hatch of the German station, that he was hauling a corpse behind him
I wasn't involved, except to the degree that they sent me drafts of the script as the writer turned them in. They asked me at one point to write a memo about what I thought of it.
I like giving readers an opportunity to get a hold of me in that way and to read things I've written which might disappear otherwise.
I was surprised that my wife thought it was a good idea, then again with my agent, another woman, then my editor, another woman - in spite of the fact that all three of them reacted positively I still have this fear.
It was fun. That was something I came to fairly late.
He comes to this other world and he has to reinvent himself. Again, it felt natural, even though I'd been working really hard trying to come up with something.
Louis Pasteur said, 'Chance favors the prepared mind.' If you're really engaged in the writing, you'll work yourself out of whatever jam you find yourself in.
Having chosen to set the book during this period, from the first day I was writing, I knew I was going to have to do something about World War Two.
I found one remaining box of comics which I had saved. When I opened it up and that smell came pouring out, that old paper smell, I was struck by a rush of memories, a sense of my childhood self that seemed to be contained in there.
Every time another review comes out I let out a deep breath.
That's the best thing about writing, when you're in that zone, you're porous, ready to absorb the solution.
Comic books were just the means for me to tell the story.
It is unusual for Joe to be that way, but that's what interested me.
The First Amendment has the same role in my life as a citizen and a writer as the sun has in our ecosystem.
What's going to be hard for me is to try to divorce myself as much as possible from what I wrote. I'll have to approach it simply as raw material and try to craft a film script out of it.
It feels a little scary for most writers because when you're writing, you're completely in charge you can say this book is all mine, it's my world. Whether giving over some of that has any monetary value or not, we'll see.
So it was scary, but that's how it goes. To my great delight, I discovered that it did all belong.
I have a deadline. I'm glad. I think that will help me get it done.
I completely lost interest in comics. I sold my collection. I didn't go back to them for fifteen years - until after Wonder Boys.
I'm such a devoted web user, myself, that it feels important to me to have a presence, to be a part of that whole collective enterprise.
I don't think anything else can be hopeful or accomplished if you have the fear that you will get arrested or prosecuted or censored, ... I saw a cry for help. So it was my goal to try to get writers whose work and whose name would be meaningful to the greatest number of people.
Joe is the hero and Sammy is the sidekick. That's how I feel about it.
Moby Dick - that book is so amazing. I just realized that it starts with two characters meeting in bed; that's how my book begins, too, but I hadn't noticed the parallel before, two characters forced to share a bed, reluctantly.
The 'Talk of the Town' was really that in the 1940s it was all about New York, it was only about New York, and it was about people.
It's good to have it over with. I worked on it a long time, and I didn't know what people were going to think of it. Would people like it? Would they buy it? So far it's been doing pretty well.
I wanted to give readers the feeling of knowing the characters, a mental image.
As soon as I read that, it clicked: that's my theater of war. It was exciting to think that I could write about World War Two from a totally new place.
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