Wednesday, June 14, 2017

the last book I ever read (Denis Johnson's Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond, excerpt three)

from Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond by Denis Johnson:

Moon Two drips and shivers. Her husband sits her down in a chair. He’s got to build a fire. But first he’d better make a speech. He takes her hands in his and promises: “Whatever happens in life, after we get out of here we’ll never, never set foot inside Alaska again.” Fortunately the rattling of her teeth prevents her from sharing her thoughts. He tries to think of something else to say. “Never,” he repeats. She probably knows he’s lying. He has certainly once again screwed everything up, but, oh well, she can’t divorce him out in the wilderness—

The wilderness! Alaska!

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