"It is unacceptable, all the stunned and anxious missing a person is asked to endure in life. It is not to be endured, not really."
--Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, Lorrie Moore
"I have a poor memory. By this I mean that much that has happened in my life I've forgotten--a blessing for sure--but I have these large periods of time I simply can't account for or bring back, towns and cities I've lived in, names of people, the people themselves. Large blanks. But I can remember some things. Little things..."
--"Fires," Raymond Carver