The political depressive might be cool, cynical, shut off, searingly rational, or averse, and yet, having adopted a mode called detachment, may not really be detached at all, but navigating an ongoing and sustaining relation to the scene and circuit of optimism and disappointment. (The seeming detachment of rationality, for example, is not detachment at all, but an emotional style associated normatively with a rhetorical practice.)
—Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism
I mean Chrahst everything wears out, you know? People wear out, friends wear out, cars wear out, sometimes it’s easier to smash them up while they’re still new, and you don’t have to watch them wear out.
—William Gaddis, The Recognitions (via doctorsax)
Haha wrote this down in my notebook a few days ago.