Wednesday, October 19, 2016
From For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, by Nathan Englander
"'You have an epiphany and want everyone else to have the same one. Well, if we did, even if it was the best, greatest, holiest thing in the world. If every person had the same one, the most you'd be left with is a bright idea.'
'I don't know if that's theologically sound,' Zalman said, twisting the pointed ends of his beard."
From The Gilgul of Park Avenue
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
From Heavy Water and Other Stories, by Martin Amis
"Mother followed the others, who followed the guide. And John followed Mother. All of them flinching, cringing, in the heat, the lavatorial gusts and crosscurrents, the beggars, the touts."
From Heavy Water
Monday, October 17, 2016
From Independent People, by Halldor Laxness, translated by J. A. Thompson
"Meals in this family were eaten as a rule in silence and in an atmosphere of almost furtive solemnity, as though some dark impressive rite were being performed."
From Part II, Free of Debt, Day