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Thursday, December 05, 2002


My Dark Places Dept.

Ian Frazier writes about how difficult life is in this week's New Yorker "Shouts and Murmurs" column. Here's the last sentence of that piece:

"Uncomfortable even at good moments, difficult and unfair usually, and a complete nightmare much too often, life will stubbornly resists betterment, always finding new ways of being more than we can stand."

I went to a preview screening of the new Jack Nicholson movie About Schmidt last night. It's about a guy who retires, has his wife die, then gets to see just how much life sucks. It's a happy-love-fun-fest from start to finish, leaving the viewer with a feeling much like the one Frazier expressed, a floating sense of dread at what meets us all when we are old and alone.

And then there's this:

Suicide Mistaken for Art Performance

There, don't we all feel better now?

OK, OK, at least there's still the holiday season to look forward to.

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