Bookworm alert: beginnings of my Christmas List
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Fiction involves trace elements of magic; it works for reasons we can explain and also for reasons we can’t.
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It was as if the entire city of Paris had agreed to abide by a single understated taste. Each neighbor was doing his or her own to keep up standards, which was difficult because the French ideal wasn’t clearly delineated like the neatness and greenness of American lawns, but more of a picturesque disrepair. It took courage to let things fall apart so beautifully.
-The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
…”It took courage to let things fall apart so beautifully.”