Friday, December 02, 2011


"This is how we go on: one day a time, one meal at a time, one pain at a time, one breath at a time. Dentists go on one root canal at a time; boat builders go on one hull at a time. If you write books, you go on one page at a time. We turn from all we know and all we fear. We study catalogues, watch football games, choose Sprint over AT&T. We count the birds in the sky and will not turn from the window when we hear the footsteps behind as something comes up the hall; we say yes, I agree that clouds often look like other things - fish and unicorns and men on horseback - but they are really only clouds. Even when the lightning flashes inside them we say they are only clouds and turn our attention to the next meal, the next pain, the next breath, the next page. This is how we go on."

I've kept this quote in the back of my mind for a long time, not remembering where it came from.
Found it today.
Thanks Assorted and Red Dirt Girl.


red dirt girl said...

Hi cowboy!

Thanks for the book reference for Stephen King. That quote and the one you wrote here took me by surprise. You're right - I always thought of King as the master of terror and eventually stopped reading his stuff. (Life is terrifying enough for me!) But his 'other' writings - wow- they slay me. Cut straight to the bone.


soubriquet said...

I too have read Steven King and been surprised by the elegance of some of his prose.

Horror stories, ghost stories, they're a genre I got out of my system before I was 18, a because king is usually marketed within those, it was a long time before I read him. Dean Koontz is another, surprisingly better than his lurid covers suggest.

bulletholes said...

I read "Hearts in Atlantis" just abot once a year. I cry like a baby at the end, but its a good kind of cry, and it always leaves me refreshed. so if I was going to recommend a King book, that would be it.
they made it into a movie, but don't bother; the movie is only the first half of the book and it just sets the stage for the second half.
I like Koontz too, especially Odd Thomas. That was great!