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❶Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. You have to get lost before you can find yourself.

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But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future—you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.

When we sat down, Lacey started reading Song of Myself, and she agreed that none of it sounded like anything and certainly none of it sounded like Margo. We still had no idea what, if anything, Margo was trying to say. She gave the book back to me, and they started talking about prom again. When yu say nasty things about people, you shouldnever say the true ones, because you can't really fully and honest take those back You keep expecting people not to be themselves We drove all the way out Colonial Drive, past the movie theaters and the bookstores that I had been driving to and past my whole life.

But this drive was different and better because it occurred during calculus, because it occurred with Ben and Radar, because it occurred on our way to where I believed I would find her. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail.

But as for me: I must ask the wounded man where he is hurt, because I cannot become the wounded man. The only wounded man I can be is me. It is saying these things that keeps us from falling apart. And maybe by imagining these futures we can make them real, and maybe not, but either way we must imagine them.

Once we got out of Jefferson Park, we rolled down the one window that worked so the world would know we had good taste in music. Dieses Etwas, das tiefer liegt und geheimer ist. Es ist wie ein Riss tief in dir drin.

After all that hearing, he writes, I am exposed. That was perfect, I thought: When I got here, I did get bored I got more and more nervous here too, not knowing anybody. And I kept waiting for that loneliness and nervousness to make me want to go back. But it never did. It's the one thing I can't do. I knew these halls so well—and finally it was starting to feel like they knew me, too.

That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people would want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste. But I'm not pretty, not close up anyway. Generally, the closer people get to me the less hot they find me.

The longer I do my job the more I realize that humans lack good mirrors. It's so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel.

I'd been in the dark so long I was still craving it, and I just wanted to lie down somewhere halfway quiet and halfway dark. It all seemed so trivial, so embarrassing.

It all seemed like paper kids having their paper fun. When I wake up, the dying light of the day makes everything seem to matter, from the yellowing sky to the stalks of grass above my head, waving in slow motion like a beauty queen. You came here because you wanted to save poor little Margo from her troubled little self, so that I would be oh-so-thankful to my knight in shining armor that I would strip my clothes off and beg you to ravage my body.

Do I just keep leaving places, and leaving them, and leaving them, tramping a perpetual journey? I was the flimsy-foldable person, not everyone else. People love the idea of a paper girl.

I cultivated it, you know? But there are a thousand ways to look at it: But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters. If you choose the strings, then your imagining a world in which you can become irreparably broken.

The metaphors have implications. Do you know what I mean? It sounded like he said trutortious. Does any one know what word he used to? You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Menu Skip to content Home Activities. I wonder the same thing! Ever figure it out?

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