Monthly Archives: November 2011

A woman of intelligence

“…et je puis dire que je suis mon ouvrage.” LETTRE LXXXI LA MARQUISE DE MERTEUIL AU VICOMTE DE VALMONT Laclos. Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782). GF Flammarion, 2006. p. 263. The English translation for the quoted line has sometimes been rendered … Continue reading

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It burned on invisibly, a candle in the crypt

“He had said that most people saw only the “brownstone front” side of his nature, the austere, stiff conservative side, but that there was another, a truer side, a romantic, loyal, idealistic one. This is what he meant when he … Continue reading

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The rose that sleeps at last

Rose, ô pure contradiction, volupté de n’être le sommeil de personne sous tant de paupières Rose, oh pure contradiction desire to be Nobody’s sleep under so many lids Rilke. The Complete French Poems. Translated by A. Poulin, Jr. graywolf press. 2002. … Continue reading

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A Conspiracy of Grace

“We live this life by a kind of conspiracy of grace: the common assumption, or pretense, that human existence is “good” or “matters” or has “meaning,” a glaze of charm or humor by which we conceal from one another and … Continue reading

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Adam in Paradise

“Sometimes, in a dream, he would see himself like our father Adam in the middle of Paradise, with all the birds and beasts around him; and stretching out his arm, he would put them to death.” Flaubert. Three Tales. Penguin … Continue reading

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Two rats and one sock

“6:38 P.M. On an afternoon hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock, John McBride, six-foot one-and-a-half, 220 pounds, ham-handed, built like a wild boar and of similar disposition, arrived by ferry from mainland Texas to Galveston Island, a … Continue reading

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A Woman Thinks

“You think more like a man than any woman I’ve ever known — and most men.” “If you think that’s a compliment, you’re crazy,” she said. “Every time a man discovers that a woman thinks, the only way he can … Continue reading

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