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21 December 2008 @ 08:24 am
Tao of the Day  
Talking about old times was a most terrible thing to do. All the lost things, lost chances, all the dead people. The town with no road to it anymore. She had to say ten times, "He's dead now," "No, she's dead." What a strange thing to say, after all! You couldn't be dead. You couldn't be anything but alive. If you weren't alive, you weren't - you had been. You shouldn't have to say "He's dead now," as if it was just some other way of being, but "He isn't now," or "He was." Keep the past in the past tense. And the present in the present, where it belongs.
- Ursula K. LeGuin, Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand
Current Location: snow (lots)
Current Music: "Nobody's Side" - Chess the Musical
Angerieangerie on December 21st, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
The town with no road to it anymore.

... !!! .
Kburgunder on July 1st, 2016 03:05 am (UTC)
this one's new again.
Angerie: cactus.angerie on July 1st, 2016 10:36 am (UTC)
I never forgot that sentence...