“It’s just the feeling as though the entire, every axiom of your life has turned out to be false, and that there’s actually nothing, and you’re nothing, and it’s all a delusion. And you’re so much better than everyone else ‘cause you can see that this is just a delusion, and you’re so much worse because you can’t fucking function.”
“When I think of this trip, I see David and me in the front seat of his car. We are both so young. He wants something better than he has. I want precisely what he has already. Neither of us knows where our lives are going to go. It smells like chewing tobacco, soda and smoke. And the conversation is the best one I ever had.”
You don’t crack open a 1,000-page book because you heard the author is a regular guy. You do it because he’s brilliant, because you want him to be brilliant. So, who the fuck are you kidding? | The End of the Tour (2015) dir. James Ponsoldt
It may be what in the old days was called a spiritual crisis or whatever. It’s just the feeling as though the entire, every axiom of your life turned out to be false, and there was actually nothing, and you were nothing, and it was all a delusion. And that you were better than everyone else because you saw that it was a delusion, and yet you were worse because you couldn’t function.
The stories all have female narrators, and all (save one) are inspired by iconic short stories written by men. Galchen’s stories are witty and delightfully intelligent, riffing on works by David Foster Wallace, James Joyce and Haruki Murakami. Each illustrates how the presence of women, as authors and narrators, might have inflected canonical stories…The project as a whole is a lot like Liz Phair’s “Exile in Guyville,” the 1993 record that was a woman’s song-by-song response to the Rolling Stones’ album “Exile on Main Street.”