The Perfect Sentence: John Burnham Schwartz, Self Hates You

Self was feeling quite satisfied, quite righteous, for having spent most of today gardening, watering, and even cleaning out kitchen cabinets.  Her reward is settling down on the couch and continuing to read John Burnham Schwarz’s novel, The Commoner.  She had no idea what to expect, but Schwarz surprises her at every turn.

p. 29:

In winter, little girls in the country wore padded kimonos the color of trampled persimmon, the puffed fabric making them look like flocks of curious, full-breasted cardinals.

Not only is he quite a writer, he makes it all seem so effortless.

John Burnham Schwartz, self both admires and envies (and maybe even hates) you for your talent.

Stay tuned.

Desire: John Burnham Schwartz’s THE COMMONER

Bottom of p. 22 of Schwartz’s Japan-set novel, The Commoner (What a wonder John Burnham Schwartz is:  a real ventriloquist. He also wrote Reservation Road, the book on which the Leo di Caprio/Kate Winslet movie was based):

One doesn’t stop wanting certain things simply because they’ve been taken away; one simply wants them more.  That’s what it is to be young.  And later in life it is those youthful desires, sharpened by denial, that are the first of the dreams one is coerced into smothering.  The trick is to appear to kill desire while actually storing it away in a place so private that no greater authority will ever know of its existence.  A kind of bunker, as in a war.

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