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That Old Saying – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on That Old Saying – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Love, Quotes, Writing

You nod and watch her. She is an exceptionally beautiful girl. You think of that old saying Show me a beautiful girl and I’ll show you someone who is tired of fucking her. You doubt you would have ever tired of her, though.

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Falling In Love Over an Expression – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Falling In Love Over an Expression – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Love, Writing

You were at the age where you could fall in love with a girl over an expression, over a gesture.

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Like Being Inside a Sock – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Like Being Inside a Sock – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Reading Related, Writing

My room is hot and small, overrun by books. You never wanted to be in here (it’s like being inside a sock, you said) and anytime the boys were away we slept in the living room, out on the rug.

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A Mouth LIke Unswept Glass – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Mouth LIke Unswept Glass – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Writing

The newest girl’s called Samantha and she’s a problem. She’s dark and heavy-browed and has a mouth like unswept glass—when you least expect it she cuts you.

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Heart Plunging – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Heart Plunging – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Love, Writing

Yes—it’s an opposites-attract sort of thing, it’s a great-sex sort of thing, it’s a no-thinking sort of thing. It’s wonderful! Wonderful! Until one June day Alma discovers that you are also fucking this beautiful freshman girl named Laxmi, discovers the fucking of Laxmi because she, Alma, the girlfriend, opens your journal and reads. (Oh, she […]

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A Fourth Dimension Beyond Jeans – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Fourth Dimension Beyond Jeans – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Writing

YOU, YUNIOR, HAVE A GIRLFRIEND named Alma, who has a long tender horse neck and a big Dominican ass that seems to exist in a fourth dimension beyond jeans. An ass that could drag the moon out of orbit. An ass she never liked until she met you. Ain’t a day that passes that you […]

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She’s Sensitive – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on She’s Sensitive – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Writing

She’s sensitive, too. Takes to hurt the way water takes to paper.

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She Was Always Wrapping or Unwrapping Her Hair or Body – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on She Was Always Wrapping or Unwrapping Her Hair or Body – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Description, Writing

She was always wrapping or unwrapping her hair or body in some sort of cloth, winding or unwinding a shawl or scarf, and whenever I imagined her, I imagined her engaged in one of these activities; I couldn’t picture her standing still, fully dressed or undressed, but only in the process of gracefully entangling or […]

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On Scott Fitzgerald – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on On Scott Fitzgerald – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Description, Literature, Writing

His talent was a natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he […]

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The Eyes of an Unsuccessful Rapist – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Eyes of an Unsuccessful Rapist – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Description, Writing

Some people show evil as a great race horse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre. Lewis did not show evil; he just looked nasty. Walking home I tried to think what he reminded me of and there were various things. They were all medical except toe-jam and that was a slang […]

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