December 19, 2005

Miscellany

Book tip: The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith. I just finished it last weekend. I loved it, but I didn't know I loved it until I finished the last page. I like books like that. There were a lot of great, subtle commentary paragraphs at various points in the storyline, but here is one of my favorites:

"I said it was going to be better, not feel better," said Adam, and he was deadly serious. "It is better, even if you can't feel it."

Alex laughed sullenly and set about a cuticle with his teeth. "There's no other good but feeling good," he said, shaking his head. "Ads, that's what good is. That's what you've never understood. It's not a symbol of something else. Good has to be felt. That's good in the world."

That's, like, my whole life. Right there.

Music tip: "Hour Follows Hour" by Ani DiFranco. This is one of those songs that's so beautiful it makes me feel like even my imperfections are okay, because I'm in the presence of this beautiful song, and my good points are immaterial, swallowed up. And thus, it has now tied with "Cannonball" by Damien Rice as my favorite song of all time.

Posted by jessica at December 19, 2005 09:23 PM