picked from presleep prose

February 14, 2008

“…mostly we don’t let people know. Mostly we downplay the pleasure. Mostly we stress the anguish. We keep the pleasure to ourselves, in our hearts. Occasionally we may show a bit of it to someone–lift a corner on the veil, as it were. But we only do that in order to certify the pleasure to ourselves. Full disclosure is almost unheard of.”

– Donald Barthelme, The Dead Father
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