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22 July 2010 @ 05:41 pm
"So do boys and men announce their intentions. They cover you like a sarcophagus lid. And call it love"

"Part of my interest was zoological. I'd never seen a creature with so many freckles before. A Big Bang had occurred, originating at the bridge of her nose, and the force of the explosion had sent galaxies of freckles hurtling and drifting to every end of her curved, warm-blooded universe. There were clusters of freckles on her forearms and wrists, an entire Milky Way spreading across her forehead, even a few sputtering quasars flung into the wormholes of her ears."

"Emotions, in my experience, aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." I'd like to know how "intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members" connects with "the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age." I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar."

I hosted my first couchsurfers, two sisters from France, three years ago. Sophie was reading this book. She praised it highly. People have been recommending it since, but only today did I remember it was Sophie who made the space in my brain for it to fill.

middlesex by eugenides
Has Your Happiness Been Scientifically Proven?thecatdoesdrugs on July 22nd, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
this is one of my favorite books! i liked it much much more than the virgin suicides, although that was still good