Tuesday, December 29, 2015

the last book I ever read (Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan, excerpt eight)

from Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan:

“It looks good,” Bryan said. “You look like a really liberal priest.”

He was talking about my beard, which had become increasingly scruffy. But of course he was talking about more than that, I thought. We were starting to get on each other’s nerves. Moving through unfamiliar worlds, we carried a world together, full of shared understandings, into which we could retreat. But it was crowded in there, with two big egos jostling. We were so dependent on each other, so constantly together, that any little different chafed and inflamed. I found myself copying into my journal a passage from Anna Karenina about Oblonsky and Levin and their strained friendship. Was Bryan smiling ironically at me? I thought so, and I took little gibes like that priest remark too much to heart.

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