"He said that for as long as he could remember, he had been fascinated by repetition, by the way human beings tell the same stories about themselves over and over again. In his first writings, he had posited that these retellings and recurrences are some of the ways that consciousness undertakes repairs on itself. The human personality as he imagined it was a highly embattled construct: assailed from without by an infinite array of sense data, attacked from within by a collection of centripetal and contradictory drives and impulses. It constantly needs to groom and restore its sense of integrity. Repetition, he said, is a simple and noninvasive version of the Procedure."
[STRANGE BODIES by Marcel Theroux. Out from FSG in February and it’s unputdownable.]
family portrait #chairlift #newhampshire #reflection #skiing (at Loon Mountain)
pretty packed powder (at Loon Mountain)
merry christmas from a heart two sizes too small
beating a foggy retreat upstate to see Z. #dontgramanddrive #newyork (at Garrison NY)
"But I am sure you are never disagreeable."
"Not even when I lose my temper?”
"You don’t lose it—you find it."
[Henry James | Portrait of a Lady]
— Janet Malcolm’s Forty-one False Starts via FSG’s Favorite Books of 2013
#light #lines #princeton
We asked the staff of Farrar, Straus and Giroux to name the best books published in 2013, their favorite books they read or reread…
checking the snow reports and checking them twice. #tbt to a perfect day at Cannon last year. #newhampshire #gimmesnow
know plenty of bushwick alley cats are capable of this