两全其美 (1)

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    这里没什么事情和他有关:街上没有他和阿西一起消磨时间的地方,也没有他小学时骑自行车的小路,也没什么能让他回忆起去世的父母,甚至连这里的老人都比他父母的年纪大。他知道自己和这里没有任何联系,他觉得应...

Fleishman Is in Trouble (10) 更多

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    A wife isn’t like an ultra-girlfriend or a permanent girlfriend. She’s an entirely new thing. She’s something you made together, with you as an ingredient. She couldn’t be the wife without you....
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    The men hadn’t had any external troubles. They didn’t have a fear that they didn’t belong. They hadn’t had any obstacles. They were born knowing they belonged, and they were reassured at every ...
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    He thought about how hard growing up was. There was no way to avoid youth. His father used to say these were the best years of life. He’d think, Are you fucking kidding me? Then kill me now. Yes, ...
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    The stories he heard from divorced women were all the same—not the details, but the themes: This thing I thought was just a whim was actually an important part of my spouse’s identity, and still ...
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    That was maybe the worst insult of adulthood, that even your silly, non-life-threatening, nonbase desires got swallowed up by routine and maturity and edged out of your life for good.
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    But the liver was unique in the way that it healed. It was full of forgiveness. It understood that you needed a few chances before you got your life right. And it wouldn’t just forgive you; it wou...
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    By the time we make this decision, to hook ourselves to a person for the rest of our lives, we’re what? Twenty-five? Thirty? We’re babies. We don’t even know what we’re dealing with. How could ...
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    My empathy only created more empathy, which sounds good, yes, but was born of inherent cowardice. I was too scared to finish with anger... But I was afraid to stay angry, to leave it all hanging ou...
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    Most of all, we didn’t know how severe the damage had been to him for being someone who had desires and wanted to be desired back and hadn’t been.
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    People under forty had optimism. They had optimism for the future; they didn’t accept that their future was going to resemble their present with alarming specificity. They had velocity.

Constellations (11) 更多

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    The female adventurer was regarded with suspicion, as though her attempts at self-actuclization encroached on the pursuits of her male counterparts. A desire to travel may have provoked incomprehen...
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    Leaving on a whim to go travelling was traditionally the preserve of one gender, and those of means: money, and being male, helped. The demands of home anchored women there and it was men who got t...
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    Illness of any kind requires a private designation. It has become acceptable that many conditions are played out in waiting rooms, wards and surgeries. Rendered public, making the experience of ill...
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    Illness, despite its classification and language, is as unique to each other as their fingerprints. It is not generic; it resists homogeneity. It is not solely about biology, but intersects with ge...
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    The pain doesn't stop, getting incrementally worse. Explaining the actual sensation is like attempting to describe an individual experience of having children, falling in love, or grief.
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    The decision to have a child should be so joyful, so fun, but to us, it is so daunting. I am filled with fear, not wanting to be disappointed in myself, to feel my body fail again.
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    If loose, untrammelled hair implies that women are morally questionable, hair pinned up and tied back means the opposite: respectable, prim and obedient. Hair as signifier and symbol represents eve...
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    Hair has been used to define women racially, sexually, religiously. It makes them into temptresses: represents a troika of femininity, fertility, fuckability.
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    I have come to think of all the metal in my body as artificial stars, glistening beneath the skin, a constellation of old and new metal. After years of medical procedures my scars are in double fig...
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    Our bodies are sacred, certainly, but they are often not ours alone. Our hospital body, all rivers of scars; the day-to-day form that we present to the world; the sacrosanct one we show to lovers ...
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    The doctor-patient relationship had its own imbalances. I have never forgotten the sense of powerlessness in the face of instruction: lie down, bend forward, walk for me. I heve felt it when counti...

Trilobites and Other Stories (1)

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    I began to feel that not only did he learn things fast, absorb them fast, but he aged them fast. His sense of things fed not only on his own life but on others' lives too. He had an authentic sense...

王考 (3)

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    那些会令人感到希望与温暖的事,依旧只是生活上的琐琐碎碎,既幽微且抽离,它们本身并没有什么不对,但是它们太琐碎了,琐碎到我驻足瞻之,突然间我失去了信心。
  • 第58页
    这个城市就像不时在变动一样,即使是闭上眼睛,还是能清楚听见,各种拆毁和建造的声音,远远近近的。再迟钝的人,即使像我一样,也终于能够听见,不知道为什么,在应该觉得轻松快乐的时候,我只觉得,很难过。
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    然而,祖父回到他的书案前,指指面前的书,他说,你还是要记住,文字用你,不是你用文字,因为,文字比你活得久。
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