So, I leave for Asia tomorrow. It’s a 12-hour flight from Detroit to China, so I used to opportunity as an excuse to buy some books I’ve been wanting to buy anyway. These are all new purchases:
Panopticon by David Bajo
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
Is That You, John Wayne? by Scott Garson
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etger Keret
Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons by Tara Laskowski
Crapalachia: A Biography of Place by Scott McClanahan
We Live in Water by Jess Walter
“And as I sat there, brooding on the old unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly failed to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…And one fine morning—
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
“I’ve never seen anything as sinless as your pale thin wrists—file under Things I Should Have Told You When I Had You Here in the Passenger Seat. There is a cathedral on the far side of town we could spy its steeple from our house. Tomorrow while the children let out from school they’ll tear it down. But how the trees graft themselves to the lake, how the clouds hang from the moon like your memory swings from my chandelier: remember this landscape, if nothing else, the way I still wrap my stain glass around your sunlight. This is where the ward ends, this is where you say goodnight, this is where you lean in close, pour your poison through my ears, whisper: Of the hundred billion types of light you were my favorite.
From “Anti-Midnight in the Kingdom of Yes”
— Sheryl Strayed, “How to Write Like a Motherfucker,” Creative Nonfiction #47