Via The New Yorker
Despite all the years, receiving my Amazon order always summons the same excitement.
Now, one useful thing you can do with an old person, in addition to borrowing money from them, or asking them to do one of their old-time “dances,” so you can watch, while laughing, is ask: “Looking back, what do you regret?” And they’ll tell you. Sometimes, as you know, they’ll tell you even if you haven’t asked. Sometimes, even when you’ve specifically requested they not tell you, they’ll tell you.
George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates
Hating yourself is healthy, I think. You’re great, but you could be a lot better. Being online, however, makes it difficult to hate yourself properly. As countless bitter weenies have noted, being online means leaving a forever record of your shitty, ignorant notions.
Alexandra Molotkow — Don’t Let the Internet Keep You From Hating Yourself
Short stories are not parables or wise sayings, and cannot be fragments; we ask them for the pleasures of closure.
Harold Bloom — How to Read and Why