notes

Underlined: Annie Dillard, Pam Houston, Amy Hempel, Anne Lamott

In lines worth underlining, reading on December 28, 2011 at 1:33 am

She ignored whatever did not interest her. With those blows she opened her days like a pinata. A hundred freedoms fell on her. She hitched free years to her lifespan like a kite tail. Everyone envied her the time she had, not noticing that they had equal time.

Annie Dillard, The Maytrees

 

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… I thought about all the years I’d spent saying love and freedom were mutually exclusive and living my life as though they were exactly the same thing.

The wind carried the smell of the mountains, high and sweet. It was so still I could imagine a peace without boredom.

Pam Houston, ‘Selway,’ from Cowboys are My Weakness

 

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I just can’t get over how much babies cry. I really had no idea what I was getting into. To tell you the truth, I thought it would be more like getting a cat.

Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions

 (the most real/reassuring book on motherhood I’ve ever encountered)

 

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I had my own bed. I slept in  it alone, except for those times when we needed – not sex – but sex was how we got there.
Amy Hempel, ‘Nashville Gone to Ashes,’ The Collected Stories

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