HONORABLE SKULL “I love you to pieces, distraction, etc.”

by heytherewildflower


“Against my better judgment I feel certain that somewhere very near here—the first house down the road, maybe—there’s a good poet dying, but also somewhere very near here somebody’s having a hilarious pint of pus taken from her lovely young body, and I can’t be running back and forth forever between grief and high delight.”
― J.D. Salinger, Zooey

“In the first place, you’re way off when you start railing at things and people instead of at yourself. ”
― J.D. Salinger, Zooey

“You’d better get busy, though, buddy. The goddamn sands run out on you every time you turn around. I know what I’m talking about. You’re lucky if you get time to sneeze in this goddamn phenomenal world. {…} I used to worry about that. I don’t worry about it very much any more. At least I’m still in love with Yorick’s skull. At least I always have time enough to stay in love with Yorick’s skull. I want an honorable goddamn skull when I’m dead, buddy. I hanker after an honorable goddamn skull like Yorick’s.”
― J.D. Salinger, Zooey

I’m Franny trying to be Zooey trying not to be tempted by the tragedy of Seymour. Show me an intelligent, hyper-actively self aware, self-critical, liberal arts kiddo who isn’t. and If you think you aren’t, think again.

Sometimes I want to quit the human race to be a professional bunny rabbit– but then I check myself. Being good and human (which is to say, flawed,) is my primary occupation as a writer. Or should be.