Feb 222012
 

 

 

“I have just returned from a party of which I was the life and soul; wit poured from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me—but I went away—and the dash should be as long as the earth’s orbit – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - — – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – and wanted to shoot myself.”

Kierkegaard from his Journal entry, 1836

 

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    jooltman says:

    The earth’s orbit is the perfect distance for this dash. It’s like the perfect pause in the perfect rock anthem.

    itchy banquet says:

    This Kierkegaard quote came by way of an essay by Geoff Dyer about John Cheever. What is this called . . .third-party quoting? It is definitely cheating because I did not read the Kierkegaard. I have always wanted to read Kierkegaard; that doesn’t make me qualified to quote him.

    Geoff Dyer’s essay is about John Cheever’s journals; Dyer describes how much Cheever hated, loathed, and despised himself. I have read John Cheever (easy). His fiction is not morbidly depressing or self-absorbed; in fact, it is more often buoyant, charming, and digestible. Though laced with pain.

    It’s so impossible to listen to other people talk about their dreams. Even when you are in them. That’s a damn shame.

    The Dyer book is Otherwise Known as the Human Condition.