Quote of the Day: With The Most Gorgeous Sentence Encountered So Far in 2008

By Chang-rae Lee, from his novel Aloft.

“You haven’t been around lately, Jerome. You don’t know. You don’t know that this is the place where they make the world’s boredom and isolation. This is where they purify it. It’s monstrous. And what they’re doing to Nonna over in the ladies’ wing, I can’t even mention.”

Nonna was his wife, and my mother, and at that point she had been in the brass urn for five years. Pop is by most measures fine in the head, though it seemed around that period that anything having to do with mortality and time often got scrambled in the relevant lobes, a development that diminished only somewhat my feelings of filial betrayal and guilt for placing him via power of attorney into the Ivy Acres Life Care Center, where for $5500 per month he will live out the rest of his days in complete security and comfort and without a worldly care, which we know is simple solution and problem all in one, which we can do nothing about, which we do all to forget.

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