When the battery in my watch died, I still wore it. There was something about the watch that said: It doesn’t matter what time it is. Think in months. Years. Someone loves you. Where are you going? There are some things you will never do. It doesn’t matter. There is no rush. Be the best prisoner you can be.
— The Cheater’s Guide to Love in This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Indeed, one way of grasping the present moment historically is to see it as “decadent”; as in Weimar Germany, the aesthetic advances of previous generations proliferate wildly, stripped of their ethical necessity.
After that it got pretty late, and we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I… I realized what a terrific person she was, and… and how much fun it was just knowing her; and I… I, I thought of that old joke, y’know, the, this… this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken.” And, uh, the doctor says, “Well, why don’t you turn him in?” The guy says, “I would, but I need the eggs.” Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y’know, they’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin’ through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.
— Annie Hall
Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it’s all over much too soon
— Annie Hall
Life, Feinberg says, guarantees misfortune. The wolf is always at the door.