Thursday, August 08, 2013


"Boys and men like Huck [Finn] don't write, they're too busy satiated by life itself, a life in which one fishes not for whales but for catfish in the river that splits the United States in two, to the east the dawn, the civilization, everything that strives desperately to be history and to be storied, and to the west the clarity of blindness and myth, everything that lies beyond books and history, everything that we fear in our innermost selves."

 —page 297, from "Our Guide to the Abyss," as found in Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003 by Roberto Bolaño.

1 comment:

troysworktable said...

Translated by Natasha Wimmer.