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“You get lonely, is what it is. A person's not supposed to go through life with absolutely nobody. It's not normal. The longer you go by yourself the weirder you get, and the weirder you get the longer you go by yourself. It's a loop and you gotta do something to get out of it.”
Jim Shepard
“What makes us threaten the things we want most?”
Jim Shepard, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales
“It turns out that our intuition is a greater genius than we are.”
Jim Shepard
“I channel the rote and the new and unseen. My head has always been the busiest of crossroads, a festival of happy and unhappy arrivals. In the hours before daybreak when I was a boy, god sent me words as visitors.”
Jim Shepard, Like You'd Understand, Anyway
“Lately it's started to seem to me that here in America our fetishization of self-reliance has taken a wrong turn and has helped enable us to jettison compassion as a national value while still maintaining a vision of ourselves as essentially well-meaning. It hasn't taken a whole lot of common sense, given the evidence of the last few years, to puzzle out the heartlessness of unregulated capitalism, and yet our political class has embraced even more fervently the notion of every man for himself, even given the ever-growing numbers such a philosophy leaves behind.”
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“But what I did was the kind of thing you'd do and the kind of thing you've done: I felt bad for him and for myself and I went on with my week and then my summer and I started telling my story to whoever would listen. And my story was this: I survived camp. I survived my brother. I survived my own bad feelings. Love me for being so sad about it. Love me for knowing what I did. Love me for being in the lifeboat after everyone else went under. And my story made me feel better and it made me feel worse. And it worked.”
Jim Shepard, Like You'd Understand, Anyway
“She said that too often my tongue worked but not my head, or my head worked but not my heart.”
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“But this is the only account hand-copied and tacked to my bulletin board, the testimony of a Dutch pilot caught on shore near Anjer, a city now gone: 'The moment of greatest anguish was not the actual destruction of the wave. The worst part by far was afterwards, when I knew I was saved, and the receding flood carried back past me the bodies of friends and neighbors and family. And I remember clawing past other arms and legs as you might fight through a bramble. And I thought, 'The world is our relentless adversary, rarely outwitted, never tiring.' And I thought, 'I would give all these people's lives, once more, to see something so beautiful again.”
Jim Shepard, Love and Hydrogen: New and Selected Stories
“At home i let myself in and stopped, as if there was nothing for me to do and nowhere for me to go in the face of the pictures in my head.”
Jim Shepard
“the cure for a toothache was to slap the other side of your face.”
Jim Shepard, The Book of Aron: A novel
“I just go through life not doing anything to anyone, wreaking havoc left and right.”
Jim Shepard


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