ohmaan

my man, mr. Dave Eggers

In west on 10/29/2010 at 9:09 am

Last night, I went to hear my favorite writer speak at UCLA.   His TED talk really demonstrates the type of speaker he is.  Our seats were in the second row so I had this fantastic view of him and his mannerisms.  Guh!

There’s nothing to be gained from passive observance, the simple documenting of conditions, because, at its core, it sets a bad example. Every time something is observed and not fixed, or when one has a chance to give in some way and does not, there is a lie being told, the same lie we all know by heart but which needn’t be reiterated.

His lies were so exquisite I almost wept.  He wanted to fly in lightweight contraptions with her.

How many times in life can we make decisions that are important but will not hurt anyone? Are we obligated- maybe we are- to say yes to any choice when no one will be hurt? We use the word hurt when talking about things like this because when these things go wrong it can feel as if you were hit in the sternum by a huge animal that’s run for miles just to strike you.

I had forgotten that, and so many things. How could I put everything down on paper? It seemed impossible. No matter what, the majority of life would be left out of this story, this sliver of a version of the life I’d known. But I tried anyway.

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