from Camus (via Bechdel)

He discovered the cruel paradox by which we always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love — first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.

From Alison Bechdel, quoting Camus’ A Happy Death, in her Fun House: A Family Tragicomedy


from Jason Compson III

Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.

From Quentin Compson III, quoting Jason, in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1929).

from Sleeping Beauty, by Ross Macdonald

Traffic was still fairly light, and the day was clear enough to see the mountains rising in the east like the boundaries of an undiscovered country. I lapsed for awhile into my freeway daydream: I was mobile and unencumbered, young enough to go where I had never been and clever enough to do new things when I got there.

The fantasy snapped in my face when I got to Santa Monica.