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  • Gregory shared from How Fiction Works by James Wood
    The Possessed, when the proud, weak governor, von Lembke, loses his control. Shouting at a group of visitors in his drawing room, he marches out, only to trip on the carpet. Standing still, he looks at the carpet and ridiculously yells, “Have it changed!”—and walks out
    Note: have it changed
  • Gregory shared from How Fiction Works by James Wood
    In Orwell’s essay “A Hanging,” the writer watches the condemned man, walking toward the gallows, swerve to avoid a puddle.
    Note: well
  • Gregory shared from How Fiction Works by James Wood
    the way a baby’s arms are so fat that they seem tied with string
    Note: tolstoy via wood
  • Gregory shared from Hush Hush: Stories by Steven Barthelme
    “The waves will make those wave noises. There’ll be wind. There’ll be colored lights.
    Note: how did this happen. go back and look again
  • Gregory shared from Hush Hush: Stories by Steven Barthelme
    about it for an hour and then said, “I can’t. I want to, but I can’t.” Everything about the apartment was wrong; the toothpaste was on the wrong side of the bathroom sink.
    Note: <----and here is one sign, of many, of a good author, or so it seems to me
  • Gregory shared from Hush Hush: Stories by Steven Barthelme
    a bisexual iguana. After, we shared a cigarette. He said I was the best he’d ever had.” VII Bill
    Note: here's the drop--->
  • Gregory shared from Hush Hush: Stories by Steven Barthelme
    But you don’t love a woman because her voice is beautiful and her foolish belief that she is ten pounds overweight is an illusion, and she’s so lovely it makes you weep. Teresa thinks she just might possibly love me, and that’s what makes you love a woman, that possibility.
    Note: what makes you love a woman
  • Gregory shared from Hush Hush: Stories by Steven Barthelme
    From his expression I guessed it was him who was vexed, likely having one of those pained “talks” that two people have at four in the morning fully dressed, those tight, strained conversations in which she is telling you she doesn’t care for you but you refuse to hear it, and if it’s at the beginning of your time with her you’re right to refuse to hear because she might just be giving herself room to operate, but if it’s at the end of your time with her, you are wrong, and she wants only for you to go away.
    Note: and vexed
  • Gregory shared from Hush Hush: Stories by Steven Barthelme
    Once I read a Russian novel, a translation, and then I went around saying “vexed” all the time. In the novel, a great many people were “vexed.”
    Note: vexed
  • Gregory shared from Hush Hush: Stories by Steven Barthelme
    The kid was maybe seventeen and there was about him this huge, terrible sweetness and you looked at him and thought, This poor kid is just gonna get crushed.
    Note: like teeth