Sunday, May 18, 2008

lessening of excitement

Sunday, May 18, 2008

“So many emergencies, Harry thinks, so much canned laughter, so many actors’ tears, all this effort to be happy, to be brave, to be loved, all this wasted effort. Television’s tireless energy gnaws at him. He sighs and laboriously rises. His body sags around his heart like a tent around a pole. He tells Judy, “Better pack it in sweetie. Another big day tomorrow: we’re going to go to the beach and sailing.” But his voice comes out listless, and perhaps that is the saddest loss time brings, the lessening of excitement about anything.”

- John Updike, Rabbit at Rest, 1990


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