Quote for the 2nd Tuesday of December (2014): William Maxwell

Self nearly returned William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow to the library yesterday.

For a very short novel, it seemed to move achingly slow.

But, is she ever glad she decided to hang on. Because there’s this passage on p. 27:

What we, or at any rate what I, refer to confidently as memory — meaning a moment, a scene, a fact that has been subjected to a fixative and thereby rescued from oblivion — is really a form of storytelling that goes on continually in the mind and often changes with the telling. Too many conflicting emotional interests are involved for life ever to be wholly acceptable, and possibly it is the work of the storyteller to rearrange things so that they conform to this end. In any case, in talking about the past, we lie with every breath we draw.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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