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Friends were like clothes: fine while they lasted but eventually they wore thin or you grew out of them.
Envy was just the tax you paid on success.
There's something unnatural about a woman finding babies or, more specifically, conversation about babies, boring. They'll think she's bitter, jealous, lonely. But she's also bored of everybody telling her how lucky she is, what with all that sleep and all that freedom and spare time, the ability to go on dates or head off to Paris at a moments notice. It sounds like they're consoling her, and she resents this and feels patronized by it.
To have had fame, even very minor fame, and to have lost it, got older and maybe put on a little weight is a kind of living death.
He wanted to live life in such a way that if a photograph were taken at random it would be a cool photograph. Things should look right. Fun there should be a lot of fun and no more sadness than absolutely necessary.
These days grief seems like walking on a frozen river most of the time he feels safe enough, but there is always that danger he will plunge through.
Maybe that's just what happens you start out wanting to change the world through language, and end up thinking it's enough to tell a few jokes.
Sometimes, when it's going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationary. The true writer, the born writer, will scribble words on scraps of litter, the back of a bus ticket, on the wall of a cell.
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