"I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything."
This is one of my most favorites ever of all time.
I do not mean the symbol
I mean this lump of muscle
All hearts float in their own
But most hearts say, I want, I want,
and at night it is the infra-red
It is a constant pestering
Long ago I gave up singing
"Righteousness is gross on the page. Certitude is a turnoff. Moral agendas scream. Failure, choice, and discovery are more interesting. Flawed characters are real. I like my progressive protagonists riddled with fatal flaws, with a helping of dysfunction and single-mindedness that borders on self-destruction."
Megan Mayhew Bergman, whose collection, Birds of A Lesser Paradise, was one of my favorite reads in 2012, and may be my favorite story collection of the last decade.
(via Nouvelliste’s Tumblr)
"And if I lose thy love, I lose my all."
"A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty."