To say she was stunned, as Sara later told her sister, trivializes the sensation - the overwhelming, airless, corporeal suck of it. The effect was like seeing the world turned inside out, and discovering that everything you thought you knew about existence was backwards and upside down. That trees caused pollution and smoking made you live longer and Santa Claus was real but also a well-known pederast: everything. Her stupor was so total that she didn’t even register pain.
Best description of having the emotional wind knocked out of you from Jonathan Miles’ Want Not.
Read about Ann Leary’s struggle in naming The Good House and see photos of her time on the town with her freshly titled manuscript.
I know I’ve blogged about this before, but I’m absolutely terrible at naming things. Thus, I have a horse named Mark, and had another horse named Snoopy, a cat named Sneakers, a dog named Pongo, etc. The reason I bring this up now is because for the past few weeks my wonderful editor Brenda Copeland and I have been trying to come up with a title for my new novel and we just kept coming up with one stinker after another. more
Rebecca’s words made me suddenly aware of the light shifting against the distant hills in undulating patterns, and I saw Rebecca tilt her head and gaze at her children. How pleased she looked at the sight of them frolicking in what she had called, so delightfully, this “rare” atmosphere, this “golden hour.” “See what happens to the boys’ shadows? All the shadows are long but not dark; the light is less harsh. There’s just less contrast and everything takes on this special hue. There’s a blueness. Well, look at the color of the roses… Oh, why am I carrying on like this, let’s go inside.” Rebecca laughed. “No, I’m fascinated,” I said. “The golden hour.” The cocktail hour is how I had always thought of it. A golden hour indeed.
Music breaks into Northup’s story at every level, from the most fleeting moments to several of its climaxes. It tells a parallel story of how an art form grew up within and through subjugation and conflict.
Lou Reed was notorious for walking out of interviews. Despite this being his “last” interview, it’s most notably a rare document to have at all. Nothing extraordinary revealed- just short, simple and direct.