“Let me repeat. I have not read all the work of this present generation of writing. I have not had time yet. So I must speak only of the ones I do know. I am thinking now of what I rate the best one, Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, perhaps because this one expresses so completely what I have tried to say. A youth, father to what will—must—someday be a man, more intelligent than some and more sensitive than most, who—he would not even have called it by instinct because he did not know he possessed it because God perhaps had put it there, loved man and wished to be a part of mankind, humanity, who tried to join the human race and failed. To me, his tragedy was not that he was, as he perhaps thought, not tough enough or brave enough or deserving enough to be accepted into humanity. His tragedy was that when he attempted to enter the human race, there was no human race there. There was nothing for him to do save buzz, frantic and inviolate, inside the glass wall of his tumbler, until he either gave up or was himself, by himself, by his own frantic buzzing, destroyed.”
If you want to love me, love me whole. Don’t just love the pretty parts, the parts that can be idealized, exaggerated, and accentuated in your purple prose and your precious poetry. Please.
Don’t love my eyes. Don’t love the way I make you laugh. Don’t love my voice. Don’t love the way I can…
My enemy keeps
a bowl of anemones
on my bedside table
and this cruelty
has killed my will
to perform even the duties
of an invalid
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Underwater photography by Elena Kalis.
Another glimpse of different dimensions. When there was a dream world in the book, there’s another realm here: water. And all the crystal clarity, ephemeral floating, and nostalgic (who hasn’t tried being a mermaid in the pool?) qualities are pressed into the photos. Nicely done.