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The Color Master: Stories The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender
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“That's the thing with handmade items. They still have the person's mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“It is so often surprising, who rescues you at your lowest moments.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“The phone is about the same size as a cigarette pack. It's no surprise to me that the traditional cigarette lighter in many cars has turned into the space we use to recharge our phones. They are kin. The phone, like the cigarette, let's the texter/former smoker drop out of any social interaction for a second to get a break and make a little love to the beautiful object. We need something, people. We can't live propless.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“It's unsettling to meet people who don't eat apples.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“But the sky is interesting, it changes all the time.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“but the rest of the evening is nothing but the trembling edges of something I am so tired of feeling and I do not want to feel anymore.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“And in it all, the sensation of shaking my fists at the sky, shaking my fists high up to the sky, because that is what we do when someone dies too early, too beautiful, too undervalued by the world, or sometimes just at all -- we shake our fists at the big, beautiful, indifferent sky, and the anger is righteous and strong and helpless and huge. I shook and I shook, and I put all of it into the dress.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“There was love to be felt, and discovered, still.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“I will never die, thought the cake to itself, in even simpler terms, as cakes did not have sophisticated use of language.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“They'd been married for years, and he wanted her to give up the last thread of cover so she would stand before him nude and he could make love to her entire skin. Well, of course that made her head fall off. Of course.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“He had set up a telescope on a corner of the roof, and we went up to take a look.
This is time travel, he said, narrowing an eye to set the lens. Because the light is old. We're seeing back in time.
No, we said, wrinkling our noses. We are seeing right now, today.
No, he said, the light has to travel to us and it takes millions of years. What you're seeing is time.
Excuse me, we said. We were embarrassed to correct him. He seemed so smart. What we're seeing is space.
It's space, yes, he said. It's also time. You're seeing what has already happened.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“One could not spend one's life in the imaginings of another life.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“I just like the feeling of finding the right word in my mind and employing it. I get pleasure from that feeling. I prefer language to gesture. I figured other people might, too.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“I like to smile at the men who look mean so they know I believe in their better selves. That makes a difference in the world. This is how you might be able to reform a possible rapist without ever going to psychology school.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“We are all, generally, symmetrical: ants, elephants, lions, fish, flowers, leaves. But she was a tree. No one expects a tree to be symmetrical at all.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“The people were all busy in their cars, listening to the radio, so there was no one to smile at, so I just sent my love to the traffic lights. No one ever appreciates them, all day long, working so hard to turn red and yellow and green, right in time with us to make sure we don't crash into each other. If there was any tiny chance, even the tiniest chance, that they happened to be alive, I bet I was the first person ever to tell them they were special. You are special, I said out loud in my car, but in case they couldn't hear, I cracked my window open. "You are special," I said, to the night air.
And just like that, a green light.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“In general, I call her every night, and we talk for an hour, which is forty-five minutes of me, and fifteen minutes of her stirring her tea, which she steeps with the kind of Zen patience that would make Buddhists sit up in envy and then breathe through their envy and then move past their envy.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“We're like the couple on the sitcom that has good sparks but never get together for the sake of ratings.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“During the descent, she gave the doily to the man across the aisle, worried about his ailing son, and the needlework was so elegant it made him feel better just to hold it. That’s the thing with handmade items. They still have the person’s mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone. This is why everyone who eats a Whopper leaves a little more depressed than they were when they came in.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“...part of trying to attract those poet-men was to look a little like I had wandered onto campus by accident after having spent ten years with the wolves behind some farmhouse, living off scraps and reveling in the pure air like a half–girl Mowgli, half–woman Thoreau.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“You can ruin anything if you focus at it.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“It was ridiculous, at times, how many tears one body could produce.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“With hand gestures, you can fill in a lot of gaps, and the words thing and stuff and -ness also help: patientness instead of patience, fastness instead of speed, honestness instead of honesty. With these choices, many words can be indicated, and pointing or gesticulating usually works.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“And, sure, fine, I do check my phone about every two minutes, but so do a lot of people, and it's better than smoking, that's what I say. It's the new, lung-safe cigarette.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“It is difficult to want to tell a grave that it is not immortal. It's so obvious at that point.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“I think it's good to smile at everybody so that everyone knows you love everyone. It's good for human pacifism.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“Then he sat down at the table of a larger man, a man with tattoos but the old kind, before tattoos became dainty and about spiritual life. The man wore tattoos from the time when tattoos meant you liked to kick people around.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“Most teenage girls don't give old people the time of day which is sad because all old people do all the time is think about how nice it was to be a teenager so long ago.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“The best way I can think to describe it, she said, ' is the way, when you're driving on the freeway at night how everyone can see the moon in their window. Every car on the road. Every car feels the moon is following that car, even in the other direction, right? Everyone in that entire hemisphere can see the moon and think it is there for them, is following where they go.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
“You can't predict the outcome. You can't raise a child and then tell them what to think.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories

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