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By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Even the beauty of the landscape was an abstraction, like the beauty of a man in an advertisement for a cologne you could not smell.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

And so she remained, like everything that mattered to me then, secret—to be pursued in the woods by moonlight, when I was supposed to be studying.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

A vision of underground connections flashed before him again, only inverted. A towering construction like a tree strung with lights, shimmering, changing, and in the middle, a darkness—the object or concept holding the visible together.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

There were two options—call the foul or don't—and either way, he would lose, but there was a thrill here in this moment when actual combat might have replaced the shadowboxing he'd been doing for months now with every last person he loved.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

And you out there: Aren’t you somehow right here with me?

By Anonym 18 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

That it may be the only thing the darkness makes clearer: who really matters is whoever you're most desperate to see.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

When he went to go get groceries, though, he asked Mercer to come. 'There's no one I'd rather get stuck in a snowdrift and freeze to death with,' William said.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

How to break this to him. How to let a thing be broken.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

He lights a cigarette off a candle. These death-tubes, these little crutches or fuses: useful for getting through all sorts of things you don't want to get through.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

How could anarchy be any worse for the general welfare than this? I say let the city go bankrupt, the buildings fall, let grass take over Fifth Avenue. Let birds nest in storefronts, whales swim up the Hudson. We can spend mornings hunting for food, and afternoons fornicating, and at night we’ll dance on the rooftops and chant shantih shantih at the sky.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

HOW TO MAKE A REVOLUTIONARY CONSCIOUSNESS IS: educate yourself. On the train, for example, read the same two pages of Das Kapital over and over, willing them to make sense.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Failure is so much more interesting.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Apparently, though, fear was merely the mask fascination wore to hide itself from itself.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

No need to look to see if your former home has vanished yet into the humdrum gray behind you; you'll be able to feel it, the sudden eclipse of the tractor beam the house puts out. Of its forcefield of sadness.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Everything's always changing, Charlie. We become who we are. The mask melts into the face.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

It's like we've been living in two different cities. You up here in all this marbled comfort, and me down there, killing myself in slow motion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

And didn't time always slow, anyway, the closer you came to what you wanted?

By Anonym 18 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

The four food groups of bachelorhood: Frozen, Cold Cuts, Breakfast Cereal, and Takeout.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Darkness just loosens the mask. Sharpens the mind's eye. Makes the color of a remembered pencil, or a tick of waxy red on a cracked plaster wall, as vivid as that taillight a few feet away.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

He must have felt a disturbance just beyond the boundless world his eyes perceived. Maybe like dogs we know when we are being hunted.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

In a blacked-out house, stripped of all comforts, it's easy to turn your anger outward, to attack this city he's lying at the center of, with its filth and its pollution and its oppression, but really, New York is the only thing that's never abandoned him.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

As if it were possible for one person to care about another and still treat him or her like this.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

She'd believed in the promises of the '60s, after all, even if she'd participated only indirectly. Hadn't they told themselves they would not be like the generation of their parents, trapped in choices they'd made at twenty?

By Anonym 17 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Maybe we’re just fundamentally destined for unhappiness.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

William loathed his family,' Mercer said. 'With cause.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

You remember that saying, 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life?' There's something awful about that saying.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

What he had remembered was to tuck among his changes of clothes one of Regan's framed photographs of the four of them from a few summers back, at Lake Winnipesaukee. He set it up on the nightstand, as if he might swim down into the past, where nothing could go wrong.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Because if every moment of a life is present in every other, so is every old self you've ever tried to outrun. And then how to know—the present self having always felt flimsy, somehow, compared to the one so acutely alive under the kitchen table—which you, specifically, is the real one?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

And she learned that you couldn’t stockpile anything that mattered, really. Feelings, people, songs, sex, fireworks: they existed only in time, and when it was over, so were they.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Detonations crash in from nearby like walls she's a void at the center of.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

An actual artist, living right under her nose.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

When he lifted his head, the sun seemed impossibly close. Science-fictionally close.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Though what could anyone really say these days with one hundred percent certainty?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

As ever in the family Goodman, someone would have to swallow feelings here, and it was easier that it be Mercer.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Maybe the siren was was a fire truck? Mercer couldn't see one anywhere, but like some bounding St. Bernard of the metaphysical, he couldn't quite let go of the belief that there must be an objective reality out there, beyond his own head.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

But every impulse becomes unbearable sooner or later.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

No, what one wanted, really, was the city or anyone in it to see how one suffered. Of course, this being New York, they'd likely just tell him Get over it . . . Was it possible that the last month had been a kind of judgement on him for ever daring to pretend that anything meant anything at all?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Three’s all you need to change the world. Look at the Bolsheviks, or the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

The second this interminable wait ended, it would all start to fall away into the past, to become unreal.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Pushing deeper into the farm, the blue land swollen under all those stars, he felt like a figure in a dream.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

One day, he and William had been speeding toward each other; the next, careening away. But why?

By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Famous revolutionary,' you say, and the laughter pumps out of your chest like blood, great almost painful spurts of it splashing up the building faces toward the marquee moon.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

I don't have anything against therapy, by the way; it's great for other people. It's just that, personally, I see the enterprise as proceeding from the same premises that cause the problems it seeks to treat. For you guys, what I am, fundamentally, is a closed system, a container of ego and id and biological imperatives. That I'm not may be a fiction, but if I can't imagine a reference point larger than myself, morally speaking, then what's the use?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

All these threads, like the ley-lines he'd read about in his Time-Life history books, converging on the Cicciaro girl, who lay there unaware, a glass-coffined beauty whose kingdom was in ruins.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

The universe of his own feelings keeps crowding everyone else's out. It is a constant struggle to see other people as people, rather than as denizens of a dimension one level below the one in which he's doomed to wander, imperially alone. That someone close to him might right now be awake in a different part of the city, feeling a pain every bit as real as his own . . . he can think it, but cannot seem to remember it. And is 'remember' even the right word for something for which you have zero empirical evidence? Postulate, maybe. Imagine. He sweeps the lens back toward the window, where the cat hasn't stirred. Her tail twitches. An idea threatens to form, but doesn't.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Some people think the real them is whoever they are when they're not around other people.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

You're hung up on something that's never going to love you back.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

College stirred in her a certain contempt for virtues like kindness and persistence. She would have appeared to have been a kind and persistent person herself, but a steady diet of Antonioni films and an introductory course on existentialism had awakened her to the fact that she wanted more.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

No one, in the end, made it out of this life alive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Garth Risk Hallberg

Did you really think I'd steer you wrong?" Then William pointed to the wide-open country beyond the next ridge. "New York's that way. My compass is unerring.