Quotes: Jennifer Egan

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And it may be that a crowd at a particular moment of history creates the object to justify its gathering, as it did at the first Human Be-In and Monterey Pop and Woodstock. Or it may be that two generations of war and surveillance had left people craving the embodiment of their own unease in the form of a lone, unsteady man on a slide guitar.

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We're the survivors. Not everyone is. But we are.

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It's finished. Everything went past, without me.

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Oh we'll know each other for forever' Bix said. 'The days of losing touch are almost gone.'
'What does that mean? ' Drew asks.
'We're going to meet again in a different place,' Bix said. 'Everyone we've lost, we'll find. Or they'll find us.

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Her only thought was of getting away, as if she were carrying a live grenade from inside the house, so that when it exploded, it would destroy just herself.

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She'd risked everything, and here was the result: the raw, warped core of her life.

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It was the hat. He looked sweet in the hat. How could a man in a fuzzy blue hat have used human bones to pave his roads?

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That's what death is, Danny thought: wanting to talk to someone and not being able to.

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I can't tell if she's actually real, or if she's stopped caring if she's real or not. Or is not caring what makes a person real?

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They resumed walking. Alex felt an ache in his eyes and throat. "I don't know what happened to me," he said, shaking his head. "I honestly don't."

Bennie glanced at him, a middle-aged man with chaotic silver hair and thoughtful eyes. "You grew up, Alex," he said, "just like the rest of us.

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I picture it like Judgement Day,' he says finally, his eyes on the water. 'We'll rise up out of our bodies and find each other again in spirit form. We'll meet in that new place, all of us together, and first it'll seem strange, and pretty soon it'll seem strange that you could ever lose someone, or get lost.

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The pause makes you think the song will end. And then the song isn't really over, so you're relieved. But then the song does actually end, because every song ends, obviously, and THAT. TIME. THE. END. IS. FOR. REAL.

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Das mine!' protested Ava, Bennie's daughter, affirming Alex's recent theory that language acquisition involved a phase of speaking German. She snatched a plastic skillet away from his own daughter, Cara-Ann, who lurched after it, roaring, 'Mine pot! Mine pot!

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Rich children are always blond, Jocelyn goes. It has to do with vitamins.

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Do you see what I see?
And can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel what I feel?
(Can't stop Sleeping Awake)
Do you see what I see?
And can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
(Can't stop Sleeping Awake)

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Here is a small fact. You are going to die.

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The sky was electric blue above the trees but the yard felt dark. Stephanie went to the edge of the lawn and sat her forehead on her knees. The grass and soil were still warm from the day. She wanted to cry but she couldn't. The feeling was too deep.

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Like all failed experiments, that one taught me something I didn’t expect: one key ingredient of so-called experience is the delusional faith that it is unique and special, that those included in it are privileged and those excluded from it are missing out.

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This is the music business. 'Five years is five hundred years' - your words.

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Sure, everything is ending," Jules said, "but not yet.