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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I can tell you that I never begin working on a story until I have I can tell you that I never begin working on a story until I have a title centered at the top of the first page.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: What I wanted was to write a memoir that was immersive rather than reflective, to What I wanted was to write a memoir that was immersive rather than reflective, to resurrect a long-gone version of my own consciousness. I kept expecting that sooner or later the effort would come to seem like second nature to me, but it never did.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I might not remember how the sky looked on any given day. I do remember, I might not remember how the sky looked on any given day. I do remember, though, what it was like to be a boy beneath a sky.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: The living carry us inside them like pearls. We survive only so long as they The living carry us inside them like pearls. We survive only so long as they remember us.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I suppose that when you're growing up, you're bound to reach an age when you I suppose that when you're growing up, you're bound to reach an age when you feel buffeted by all the changes in your life, when either your mind begins outpacing your body or your body begins outpacing your mind and you're not quite in conversation with yourself anymore.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: You never really know. Lately Kevin has been bothering himself with the idea that nothing You never really know. Lately Kevin has been bothering himself with the idea that nothing is certain, nothing can be proven. Not one thing, not in all the world. The sun will rise tomorrow. Prove it. The sun rose this morning. Prove it. The sun is in the sky. Prove it. There's a sun at all. Prove it. The world is like a box of Kleenex, every doubt pulling another along behind it. You can always find a new reason to distrust the facts.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: How often, you wonder, has the direction of your life been shaped by such misunderstandings? How often, you wonder, has the direction of your life been shaped by such misunderstandings? How many opportunities have you been denied
or, for that matter, awarded
because someone failed to see you properly? How many friends have you lost, how many have you gained, because they glimpsed some element of your personality that shone through for only an instant, and in circumstances you could never reproduce? An illusion of water shimmering at the far bend of a highway.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I was also ready to believe, though, that whatever good things I had managed to I was also ready to believe, though, that whatever good things I had managed to set upright could topple at any second.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: You remember having friends who used to lampoon the world so effortlessly, crouching at the You remember having friends who used to lampoon the world so effortlessly, crouching at the verge of every joke and waiting to pounce on it, and you remember how they changed as they grew older and the joy of questioning everything slowly became transformed into the pain of questioning everything, like a star consuming its own core.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I write out of gratitude for all the books I have loved over the years. I write out of gratitude for all the books I have loved over the years.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Occasionally, in the stillness of a taxi or an airplane, she would catalog the pleasures Occasionally, in the stillness of a taxi or an airplane, she would catalog the pleasures she had lost. Cigarettes. Chewing gum. Strong mint toothpaste. Any food with hard edges or sharp corners that could pierce or abrade the inside of her mouth: potato chips, croutons, crunchy peanut butter. Any food that was more than infinitesimally, protozoically, spicy or tangy or salty or acidic: pesto or Worcestershire sauce, wasabi or anchovies, tomato juice or movie-theater popcorn. Certain pamphlets and magazines whose paper carried a caustic wafting chemical scent she could taste as she turned the pages. Perfume. Incense. Library books. Long hours of easy conversation. The ability to lick an envelope without worrying that the glue had irritated her mouth. The knowledge that if she heard a song she liked, she could sing along to it in all her dreadful jubilant tunelessness. The faith that if she bit her tongue, she would soon feel better rather than worse.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: But why did he remember only the things in life that had hurt him? Why But why did he remember only the things in life that had hurt him? Why couldn't he remember the things that had given him joy or caused him to smile: the jokes he had heard, the songs that had made him lift his arms in the air, the people who had loved him, whose cheeks he had touched with his fingers?
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: For a long time that had seemed to her to be the key to life: For a long time that had seemed to her to be the key to life: Life
real life
was just a solitude waiting to be transfigured.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Sometimes I remember the way I used to be," she said as we sat across Sometimes I remember the way I used to be," she said as we sat across the table from each other, "and I'm surprised nobody ever smacked me."
I took a long sip of my coffee so that I would not have to answer her. I wanted to tell her that she ought to be more generous to the girl she used to be, if not out of respect for herself, then out of respect for me, or more specifically for the boy I used to be, who loved that girl, after all.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: From some infinite distance, ten thousand twists of light are suddenly projected into your eyes. From some infinite distance, ten thousand twists of light are suddenly projected into your eyes. You watch as they shimmer and tighten together like the hooks of metal in a tangle of barbed wire.
More and more of them appear, filling in the gaps one by one, and soon you are conscious of nothing else.
What would the sky be like if there was nothing to see but stars?
You know that you will not experience anything so beautiful again.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: The incident made her remember the story she had heard about the girl who was The incident made her remember the story she had heard about the girl who was raised in a room with no horizontal lines. She couldn't recall whether the story was true or simply a thought experiment, but the room, as she remembered it, was decorated with a series of black verticle stripes on the walls, and the floor and ceiling were curved to give the illusion that the verticle stripes were continuous. On the child's first birthday, the story went, she was taken out of the room. She had learned how to recognize verticle forms, but not horizontal ones, so that if she was situated on a table, say, or a platform, she would crawl right off the edge, but she would never run into the corner of a wall or the leg of a chair. Her condition lasted for about a month before her visual sense finally corrected itself.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I had always been the kind of boy who was quick to laugh and quick I had always been the kind of boy who was quick to laugh and quick to cry.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: If I could, I would work my way backward, paring away the years. I would If I could, I would work my way backward, paring away the years. I would reel my life arouond the wheel of this longing like so much loose wire.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: There are times in your life when, despite the steel weight of your memories and There are times in your life when, despite the steel weight of your memories and the sadness that seems to lie at your feet like a shadow, you suddenly and strangely feel perfectly okay.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: [I]f he had to guess, he would say that the reason he doesn't want to [I]f he had to guess, he would say that the reason he doesn't want to loan the book out, to Ethan or anyone else, is because of the part of his personality that is one gigantic record-keeping system, a complex sifting and filing scheme that dictates what goes here and what goes there, turning his life into so many marks on a tablet. His mind would busy itself with the book's whereabouts every second it was away. He knows it would.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: With every sentence she writes, Davis freshens the senses. Her novels achieve a tone that's With every sentence she writes, Davis freshens the senses. Her novels achieve a tone that's unlike anyone else's, creating an atmosphere you don't so much interpret as breathe.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: He has always been the kid who cries too easily and laughs too easily, the He has always been the kid who cries too easily and laughs too easily, the kid who begins giggling in church for no reason at all, who blinks hotly in shame and frustration whenever he misses a question in class, living in an otherland of sparkling daydreams and imaginary catastrophes.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: When you die, the energy that kept you alive filters into the people you loved. When you die, the energy that kept you alive filters into the people you loved. Did you know that? It's like a fire you've tended all your life, and the sparks are all scattered into the wind ... That's why we survive as long as we do, because the people who loved us keep us going.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: You have a pet theory, one you have been turning over for years, that life You have a pet theory, one you have been turning over for years, that life itself is a kind of Rube Goldberg device, an extremely complicated machine designed to carry out the extremely simple task of constructing your soul.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: In seventh grade I gradually became aware that that quickness of feeling was something I In seventh grade I gradually became aware that that quickness of feeling was something I was supposed to have outgrown. I was rather guileless, I think, or at least I was when it came to the people I cared about.
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Sometimes one who thinks himself incomplete is merely young. - Italo Calvino Sometimes one who thinks himself incomplete is merely young. - Italo Calvino
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Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: A successful song comes to sing itself inside the listener. It is cellular and seismic, A successful song comes to sing itself inside the listener. It is cellular and seismic, a wave coalescing in the mind and in the flesh. There is a message outside and a message inside, and those messages are the same, like the pat and thud of two heartbeats, one within you, one surrounding. The message of the lullaby is that it's okay to dim the eyes for a time, to lose sight of yourself as you sleep and as you grow: if you drift, it says, you'll drift ashore: if you fall, you will fall into place.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Worry is a mean-faced dwarf who beats on your heart like a kettledrum. Worry is a mean-faced dwarf who beats on your heart like a kettledrum.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: She bought a poster of the Beatles and tacked it on the wall above her She bought a poster of the Beatles and tacked it on the wall above her bed. On days when she was feeling strong her favorite was John, and on days when she was feeling weak her favorite was George, perhaps because there was a vulnerability to John that she was afraid to indulge without an armor of her own vitality around her.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: He feels the way he used to feel passing love notes to girls in elementary He feels the way he used to feel passing love notes to girls in elementary school. Do you like me? the notes always read. Check yes or no. But he is older now and his question is older, too, not Do you like me? but Shouldn't someone?
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: You could not presume that people were healthy. You could not presume that they would You could not presume that people were healthy. You could not presume that they would welcome the little nudges and jostlings of life. You had to behave as though everyone you met was walking a thin wire far above the earth, where the slightest wind might rock them off their balance and send them tumbling to the ground.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Anyone who has ever experienced love knows that you can have too much or too Anyone who has ever experienced love knows that you can have too much or too little. You can have love that parches, love that defeats. You can have love measured out in the wrong proportions. It's like your sunlight and water - the wrong kind of love is just as likely to stifle hope as it is to nourish it.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: She had the same responsibility as everybody else did: to live as softly as she She had the same responsibility as everybody else did: to live as softly as she could in the world.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Sometimes you imagine that everything could have been different for you, that if only you Sometimes you imagine that everything could have been different for you, that if only you had gone right one day when you chose to go left, you would be living a life you could never have anticipated. But at other times you think there was no other way forward
that you were always bound to end up exactly where you have.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: The people were created in the image of God and thus they were within the The people were created in the image of God and thus they were within the precinct of His grace, even the ones who didn't know Him ... the ones who withdrew themselves from His presence.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: People who read Anne Lamott, like people who read Anne Rice, believe that tragedy is People who read Anne Lamott, like people who read Anne Rice, believe that tragedy is romantic, but the people who read Anne Lamott believe it ironically.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: It's like you're born with all these blessings, only you don't realize they're blessings until It's like you're born with all these blessings, only you don't realize they're blessings until you lose them. And if you're thick-headed enough, like me, you don't even realize you've lost them, not until they come back to you.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Dreaming was easier than screaming, and screaming was easier than worrying, and worrying was easier Dreaming was easier than screaming, and screaming was easier than worrying, and worrying was easier than crying, which was what she knew she would be reduced to if she didn't keep a hard eye on herself.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: There was no one alive who did not contribute his share of mystery to the There was no one alive who did not contribute his share of mystery to the world.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Occasionally, the light seemed to arrive from a distinct direction, like the sun slanting through Occasionally, the light seemed to arrive from a distinct direction, like the sun slanting through a gap in a curtain, but often it simply infused whatever aches or traumas afflicted people. At such times, it had the appearance of a strange luminescent paint layered directly over their skin. They might have been angels in an El Greco painting.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: They were like those deep-sea creatures with watery, transparent skin: you could see the soft They were like those deep-sea creatures with watery, transparent skin: you could see the soft little jerking beans of their hearts, you understood that the very thing that was supposed to protect them was the thing that made them vulnerable, and you knew you couldn't help them, so you decided to love them instead.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: The books you love best - those are the immensity of the sea. The books you love best - those are the immensity of the sea.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: There is no form to this story because it is true, or at least as There is no form to this story because it is true, or at least as close to true as I have been able to make it.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I think you're confusing God with a genie. I think you're confusing God with a genie.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: The street lamps and illuminated signs were all extinguished, and on impulse everybody looked into The street lamps and illuminated signs were all extinguished, and on impulse everybody looked into the sky. The frogs and crickets fell quiet to the count of five before they began to sing again. The smaller stars were spread across the darkness in a fine white powder, and the brighter ones pierced the air like nail points. In Andrew Brady's yearbook she wrote: The thing I will always remember about you is the time we were watching the film strip in Miss Applebome's class, and the lights were out, and you sat behind me scratching my back with your fingers.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I'm uncommonly slow to show my work to other people, and by the time I I'm uncommonly slow to show my work to other people, and by the time I do I've usually exhausted myself so completely that all I really want is for someone to tell me that my efforts have added up to something - not one of my better qualities, I admit.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: The game had to be played the same way every day or the pieces would The game had to be played the same way every day or the pieces would fall to the floor, the board would collapse, and the illusion that you were shaping your own life, that you were in control, would break.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I don't think our lives actually unfold with morals attached to them, or meanings that I don't think our lives actually unfold with morals attached to them, or meanings that are easily extracted, or jokes designed to generate sympathy. I wanted to do the opposite - to offer up a life whose meanings can only be perceived through a tangle of desires, confusions, and textural details.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: There is funny ha-ha, and there is funny peculiar, and beneath a trapdoor in Kevin's There is funny ha-ha, and there is funny peculiar, and beneath a trapdoor in Kevin's mind is a place where the two blur together, the place of jokes, churning so furiously frequently, when it kicks up a line, he has no idea what it will turn out to be.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I stopped and asked him if he was all right, and he said he was I stopped and asked him if he was all right, and he said he was tired of remembering everything he wanted to forget and forgetting everything he wanted to remember.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Who was it who said that every virtue contains its corresponding vice? C.S. Lewis? Virginia Who was it who said that every virtue contains its corresponding vice? C.S. Lewis? Virginia Woolf? You forget. But it has always worried you that what the virtue of wit contained was the vice of scorn.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: If your reading life and your friendships overlap, that's just a nice coincidence - a If your reading life and your friendships overlap, that's just a nice coincidence - a case where the conversation you're having with books and the conversation you're having with actual human beings happen to dovetail.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Sometimes they rose up inside her, these moments of fierce happiness, kindling out of their Sometimes they rose up inside her, these moments of fierce happiness, kindling out of their own substance like a spark igniting a mound of grass. It was a joy to be alive, a strange and savage joy, and she stood there in the warmth and destruction of it knowing it could not last.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I keep an ongoing list of my fifty favorite books, which I recalibrate whenever I I keep an ongoing list of my fifty favorite books, which I recalibrate whenever I discover a new one that seems to demand a spot there.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I'm a Sagittarius, born in the year of the rat, all of which is basically I'm a Sagittarius, born in the year of the rat, all of which is basically meaningless to me.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: People say they want to die in their own home. But me, I was ready People say they want to die in their own home. But me, I was ready for the hospital. The sterilized sheets, the machines, the whole bit. It just seemed easier there. Easier to cast myself off, I mean.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I always try to stay as quiet as possible about a book until it's finished. I always try to stay as quiet as possible about a book until it's finished.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: People who read D.H. Lawrence suspect that the forbidden is not necessarily without its virtue, People who read D.H. Lawrence suspect that the forbidden is not necessarily without its virtue, and so are easily persuaded that the forbidden and the virtuous are one and the same.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: I was wholly invested in my friendships. I might have tested them sometimes, but only I was wholly invested in my friendships. I might have tested them sometimes, but only to reassure myself that they were permanent. A mistake, of course.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Olivia had changed so much since then. She had changed in ways she would never Olivia had changed so much since then. She had changed in ways she would never have been able to anticipate. She had become the kind of person who was barely able to get out of bed in the morning without buckling beneath the tidal pull of the planets.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: A consensus slowly gathered among us. We had given up something important, we believed: the A consensus slowly gathered among us. We had given up something important, we believed: the fire, the vigor, that came with a lack of ease. We had lost some of the difficulty of our lives, and we wanted it back.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: The truth is he spends thirty minutes of every hour suspecting he has missed some The truth is he spends thirty minutes of every hour suspecting he has missed some essential clue about himself. And not only himself
he has a recurring fantasy that one night, while he was asleep, the entire world was transformed into an alien planet, but no one bothered to tell him, and he didn't have the instinct to figure it out, and here he is now on a wild new Earth, walking around like an imbecile, as if everything he knows hasn't fallen away behind him like a river plummeting over a precipice.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Man African societies divide humans into 3 categories: those still alive on the earth, the Man African societies divide humans into 3 categories: those still alive on the earth, the sasha, and the zamani. The recently departed whose time on earth overlapped with people still here are the sasha, the living-dead. They are not wholly dead, for they still live in the memories of the living, who can call them to mind, create their likeness in art, and bring them to life in anecdote. When the last person to know an ancestor dies, that ancestor leaves the sasha for the zamani, the dead. As generalized ancestors, the zamani are not forgotten but revered. Many ... can be recalled by name. But they are not living-dead. There is a difference.
Kevin Brockmeier Sayings: Was that what it meant to be alive - moving from a brightly lit corridor Was that what it meant to be alive - moving from a brightly lit corridor into a darkened room at every step? Sometimes it felt that way.