24 May 2008

i regret that it takes a lifetime to learn how to live.

the following is a passage from a fantastically written book which i read a couple of years ago and decided to pick up and read it again. everything about this book inspires me. oskar is my friend, one of my bests.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer:

It made me start to wonder if there were other people so lonely so close. I thought about "Eleanor Rigby." It's true, where do they all come from? And where do they all belong?

What if the water that came out of the shower was treated with a chemical that responded to a combination of things, like your heartbeat, and your body temperature, and your brain waves, so that your skin changed color according to your mood? If you were extremely excited your skin would turn green, and if you were angry you'd turn red, obviously, and if you felt like shiitake you'd turn brown, and if you were blue you'd turn blue.

Everyone could know what everyone else felt, and we could be more careful with each other, because you'd never want to tell a person who skin was purple that you're angry at her for being late, just like you would want to pat a pink person on the back and tell him, "Congratulations!"

Another reason it would be a good invention is that there are so many times when you know you're feeling a lot of something, but you don't know what the something is. Am I frustrated? Am I actually just panicky? And that confusion changes your mood, it becomes your mood, and you become a confused, gray person. But with the special water, you could look at your orange hands and think, I'm happy! That whole time I was actually happy! What a relief!

you will cry. you will laugh. you will love.


i have taken the opportunity to read two other books while i am traveling and would highly recommend both.
1. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
2. Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer

1 comment:

Whitney said...

hey i am reading that right now!