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The Drowning Girl The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan
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“Language is a poor enough means of communication as it is. So we should use all the words we have.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“Ghosts are those memories that are too strong to be forgotten for good, echoing across the years and refusing to be obliterated by time.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“There's always a siren, singing you to shipwreck. Some of us may be more susceptible than others are, but there's always a siren. It may be with us all our lives, or it may be many years or decades before we find it or it finds us. But when it does find us, if we're lucky we're Odysseus tied up to the ship's mast, hearing the song with perfect clarity, but ferried to safety by a crew whose ears have been plugged with beeswax. If we're not at all lucky, we're another sort of sailor stepping off the deck to drown in the sea.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“No one ever said you have to be dead and buried to be a ghost.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“No story has a beginning, and no story has an end. Beginnings and endings may be conceived to serve a purpose, to serve a momentary and transient intent, but they are, in their fundamental nature, arbitrary and exist solely as a convenient construct in the minds of man. Lives are messy, and when we set out to relate them, or parts of them, we cannot ever discern precise and objective moments when any given event began. All beginnings are arbitrary.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“Hauntings are memes, especially pernicious thought contagions, social contagions that need no viral or bacterial host and are transmitted in a thousand different ways. A book, a poem, a song, a bedtime story, a grandmother's suicide, the choreography of a dance, a few frames of film, a diagnosis of schizophrenia, a deadly tumble from a horse, a faded photograph, or a story you tell your daughter.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“It's a myth that crazy people don't know they're crazy. Many of us are surely as capable of epiphany and introspection as anyone else, maybe more so. I suspect we spend far more time thinking about our thoughts than do sane people.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“You love someone. You don’t leave her to drown. And you don’t tell her she’s crazier than she already knows that she is!”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“Hauntings are memes, especially pernicious thought contagions, social contagions that need no viral or bacterial host and are transmitted in a thousand different ways... Too often, people make the mistake of trying to use their art to capture a ghost, but only end up spreading their haunting to countless other people.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“You could have kept on driving and never looked back. No one's ever had to stop for me. Or even hear me. Anyway, you did, and now I'm afraid the time for choice is behind us both.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“I am a dead woman. Dead and insane.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“I could never stand to be a writer. Not a real writer. It's entirely too awful, having thoughts that refuse to become sentences.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“Eva was only a slut. She never had the requisite motivation to be anything so useful or lucrative as a whore.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“That's another sort of being haunted: starting something and never finishing it.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“Writing makes it even harder than concrete. Writing makes it hard as diamond.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“I inspect everything more closely, and there is about every surface—the river, the forest, the bark of the trees, the underbrush between them, even my own skin—there is about it all the unmistakable texture of linen stretched and framed. And this is when I feel the camel’s hair brush and the oil paint dabbing tenderly, meticulously, at the space below my navel.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“I don't like remembering the way that hurt her. Hurts her. I'm sure it still does; I'm just not around to see, and I don't like dwelling on that, either. That's only normal. Missing people you still love, and not wanting to see them in pain and angry and humiliated.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“I began to imagine orchestration where before I heard only the cacophony of randomness. Crazy people do that all the time, unless you buy into the notion that we have the ability to perceive order and connotation in ways closed off to the minds of "sane" people. I don't. Subscribe to that notion, I mean. We are not gifted. We are not magical. We are slightly or profoundly broken.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“No one ever said you have to be dead and buried to be a ghost. Or if they did, they were wrong.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“Las sirenas son pensamientos invasivos que incluso los hombres y mujeres cuerdos experimentan. Se les puede llamar sirenas, o se les puede llamar encantamientos. Da igual. Cuando Odiseo escuchó a las sirenas, dudo que jamás olvidara su canción. Probablemente permaneció hechizado por ella el resto de su vida. Incluso después de su terrible viaje de veinte años de duración, el certamen de arqueros, e incluso después de recobrar a Penélope y del «final» feliz de la historia, debió de seguir hechizado por aquella canción, en sus sueños y en sus momentos de vigilia. Cada vez que contemplaba el mar o el cielo.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“Ella me besó. Ella me está besando. Siempre, ella me besará. Ésta es la manera en la que funcionan los hechizos.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“Y me cantó durante días y días, noches y noches, convirtiéndome en el recipiente de los recuerdos de un fantasma.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“Tem cheiro de poeira e de tempo”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“Ele me afogou na água verde debaixo da ponte. Fizeram um violino do meu esterno. Fizeram cravelhas dos meus dedos. No inverno, eu me deito sob o gelo e o céu estava cinza e lembrava vidro.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“A normalidade é um comprimido amargo do qual reclamamos.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“After Abalyn said what she said, I panicked. Someone tells me I can't remember what I definitely do remember, and sometimes I panic. I'm not as used to it as I often pretend. As I pretend to be used to it, I mean to say. The false memories.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“I began keeping diaries after they locked Rosemary up at Butler and I went to live with Aunt Elaine in Cranston until I was eighteen, but even the diaries can't be trusted. For instance, there's a series of entries describing a trip to New Brunswick that I'm pretty sure I never took. It used to scare me, those recollections of things that never took place, but I've gotten used to it.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“O que mais tememos não é o conhecido. O conhecido, por mais horrível ou prejudicial à existência, é algo que podemos compreender. Sempre podemos reagir ao conhecido. Podemos traçar planos contra ele. Podemos aprender as suas fraquezas e derrotá-lo. Podemos nos recuperar de seus ataques. Uma coisa tão simples quanto uma bala poderia ser suficiente. Mas o desconhecido desliza através de nossos dedos, tão insubstancial quanto o nevoeiro.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“if dreams may be called passions. I see no reason not to call them passions”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl
“Sempre fui mulher, Imp. Os hormônios e a cirurgia não me modificaram de uma coisa para outra. Por isso odeio a expressão 'troca de sexo'. Ela é enganosa. Ninguém nunca trocou meu sexo. Eles simplesmente deixaram a carne mais em linha com a minha mente.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl

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