Renata Adler

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Renata Adler

Nothing defines the quality of life in a community more clearly than people who regard themselves, or whom the consensus chooses to regard, as mentally unwell.More Renata Adler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is always self-defeating to pretend to the style of a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history.More Renata Adler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The writer has a grudge against society, which he documents with accounts of unsatisfying sex, unrealized ambition, unmitigated loneliness, and a sense of local and global distress. The square, overpopulation, the bourgeois, the bomb and the cocktail party are variously identified as sources of the grudge. There follows a little obscenity here, a dash of philosophy there, considerable whining overall, and a modern satirical novel is born.More Renata Adler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Idle people are often bored and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel. It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great preoccupations in our time.More Renata Adler [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It is always self-defeating to pretend to a generation younger than your own it simply erases your own experience in history.More Renata Adler [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Nothing defines the quality of life in a community more clearly than people who regard themselves, or whom the consensus chooses to regard, as mentally unwell.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nothing defines the quality of life in a community more clearly than people who regard themselves, or whom the consensus chooses to regard, as mentally unwell.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the strange heat all litigation brings to bear on things, the very process of litigation fosters the most profound misunderstandings in the world.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The writer has a grudge against society, which he documents with accounts of unsatisfying sex, unrealized ambition, unmitigated loneliness, and a sense of local and global distress. The square, overpopulation, the bourgeois, the bomb and the cocktail party are variously identified as sources of the grudge. There follows a little obscenity here, a dash of philosophy there, considerable whining overall, and a modern satirical novel is born.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No one ever confides a secret to one person only. No one destroys all copies of a document.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Fear . . . is forward. No one is afraid of yesterday.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People have been modeling their lives after films for years, but the medium is somehow unsuited to moral lessons, cautionary tales or polemics of any kind.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Idle people are often bored and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel. It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great preoccupations in our time.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
At six one morning, Will went out in jeans and frayed sweater to buy a quart of milk. A tourist bus went by. The megaphone was directed at him. "There's one," it said. That was in the l960s. Ever since, he's wondered. There's one what?More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is always self-defeating to pretend to a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in historyMore Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Do you realize how angry you sound?” must be one of the most infuriating questions in the language.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Self-pity” is just sadness, I think, in the pejorative.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
And then there were the wallflowers who had recognized for years that the thing was hopeless, who had found in that information a kind of calm. They no longer tried, with a bright and desperate effort, to sustain a conversation with somebody's brother, somebody's usher, somebody's roommate, somebody's roommate's usher's brother... The category of wallflower who had given up on all this was very quiet, not indifferent, only quiet. And she always brought a book.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is always self-defeating to pretend to the style of a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think when you are truly stuck, when you have stood still in the same spot for too long, you throw a grenade in exactly the spot you were standing in, and jump, and pray. It is the momentum of last resort.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The whole magic of a plot requires that somebody be impeded from getting something over with.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Speech, tennis, music, skiing, manners, love- you try them waking and perhaps balk at the jump, and then you're over. You've caught the rhythm of them once and for all, in your sleep at night. The city, of course, can wreck it. So much insomnia. So many rhythms collide. The salesgirl, the landlord, the guests, the bystanders, sixteen varieties of social circumstance in a day. Everyone has the power to call your whole life into question here. Too many people have access to your state of mind. Some people are indifferentMore Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I love the laconic. Clearly, I am not of their number.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The radical intelligence in the moderate position is the only place where the center holds. Or so it seems.More Renata Adler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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