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Plowing the Dark by Richard Powers
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Jul 15, 2010

it was amazing
Read in July, 2010

there is a truth only solitude reveals. an insight that action destroys, one scattered by the slightest worldly affair: the fact of our abandonment here, in a far corner of sketched space. this is the truth that enterprise would deny. how many years have you fought to hold at bay this hideous aloneness, only now discovering that it shelters the one fact of any value?

you turn in the entranceway of illusion, gaping down the airplane aisle, and you make it out. for god's sake, call it god. that's what we've called it forever and it's so cheap, so self-promoting, to invent new vocabulary for every goddamned thing at this late a date. the place where you've been unfolds inside you. a space in your heart so large it will surely kill you, by never giving you the chance to earn it.

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