I was within and without simultaneously enchanted and repulsed by the inexhaustible variety of life.
Sometimes the Bible in the hands of one man is worse than a whisky in the hands of another…There are just some kinds of men who—who’re so busy worryng about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.
I have the feeling that something in my mind is poisoning everything else.
No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.
We had been everywhere. We had really seen nothing. And I catch myself thinking today that our long journey had only defiled with a sinuous trail of slime the lovely, trustful, enormous country that by then, in retrospect, was no more to us but than a collection of dog-eared maps, ruined tour books, old tires, and her sobs in the night—every night, every night—the moment I feigned sleep.
Books read in this episode
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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