it’s not a sunday unless you completely waste it then feel really sad around 8pm
Crimson Tide (1995)
"The thing about American writers is that as a group they get stuck in the same idea: that we’re a continent and the world falls away after us. And it’s just nonsense."
Did he [Sam Shepard] ever get stuck in that idea? “I couldn’t see beyond the motel room and the desert and highway,” he says slowly, and turns his glass a little. “I couldn’t see that there was another world. To me, the whole world was encompassed in that. I thought that was the only world that mattered.
"And it’s still there," he adds, "but now it’s redundant because everything’s replaced by strip malls."
The situation, he believes, is irredeemable. “We’re on our way out,” he says of America. “Anybody that doesn’t realise that is looking like it’s Christmas or something. We’re on our way out, as a culture. America doesn’t make anything anymore! The Chinese make it! Detroit’s a great example. All of those cities that used to be something. If you go to a truck stop in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, you’ll probably see the face of America. How desperate we are. Really desperate. Just raw.”
But why, I ask, is the world still so infatuated with American culture? Why, even, do we remain gripped by a play such as True West? “Oh, because they all believe the American fable,” he says. “That you can make it here. But you don’t make it.”
You’ve made it pretty well, I say.
"Yeah but I’ve also… I’ve… yeah," he hesitates, laughs, a long, rich wheeze. "But you know, oddly, I wasn’t even fucking trying."
- Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl (via mrgolightly)
- Susane Colasanti, When It Happens (via larmoyante)
[approaches straight couple] so which of you is the yard sard and which is the yale sale
i like to use exclamation marks because they cover up the fact that i am dead inside!!!!
What were you doing in the earliest photo of you?
Being a god damned baby.
- Shirley Jackson | The Haunting of Hill House