Tuesday, December 31, 2013

One of the drawers in Donald Westlake's filing cabinet was labeled "Are you still here?" Which, I trust, is where, were he still with us, he would right now be filing 2013.

From Henry David Thoreau's journals, the entry for December 31, 1851:
Ah, beautiful is decay!
Or, as Timothy Hallinan in his crime novel Crashed put it,
Hope, the slut, always springs eternal.
Happy New Year, folks--and the gods bless Damion Searls for bringing us the NYRB Classics edition of Thoreau's journals, which are guaranteed to while away many a future day.

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