Friday, August 04, 2006

Book of the week

from Daily Afflictions:

You can understand your life only after it happens. Unfortunately, by then it's too late. The previous moment is already gone and the present moment is again incomprehensible. If you are to embrace your life as an evolving whole, you must think of yourself as a story -- admittedly, a highly biased and poorly researched pulp paperback that is constantly being revised and incrementally updated with no sign of when it will end or what the characters will do next, yet a story that is uniquely yours. Seeing yourself as a story helps you reconcile your forward motion and your backward gaze. It gives you hope that, at the very end, it will all somehow make sense, even if you break off in mid-sentence.

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Norman said...

Would that my life were a "highly biased and poorly researched pulp paperback"! I fear it is but a thoroughly measured, painstakingly researched textbook -- or set of instructions to a defective appliance.

Happy Friday!

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