You have to take this with you too,' she said, opening a box and holding up a silver necklace with the Syriac cross (a crucifix with a budding flower shape on each tip) dangling from it. 'My mother gave it to me mother, who passed it to me. Now is the right time to give it to you. Not just because you're leaving and will need something that always connects you to your roots, but also because tonight we remember her.
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But the fantasy kingdom and trappings of success soon lost their luster, as I discovered that the most prestigious and remunerative of my resume's way stations was also the most tedious and unfulfilling I had ever experienced. This paradox only made me more morose about modernity. Why was I going to watch my hairline recede in front of two-thousand-line spreadsheets staring at me from cold, glowing monitors? Why was everyone in my office apparently so happy to be spending so many hours there, when the things they really cared about - people, pets, pastimes - were all relegated to a few photographs on their desks? That seemed to be the formula: spend the best years of your life in an office with photos of what you really care about.
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Anyway, I think Florence and I noticed each other before the local train screeched to a halt at the 110th Street station, because as I boarded it felt as though we were supposed to step into the same car, and hold onto the same moist metal bar. My wishful hunch now seems confirmed by the way she's reading her Time magazine article next to me.
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That could also be because at one point during the film, our hands found each other. And when I felt Michael's middle finger caress the inside of my palm, it sent a tickle up my spine, and the fingers of my right hand were soon exploring his left hand, and we each took turns tracing the contours of the other's hands.
Every human relationship begins with a coincidence. Even the most fundamental relationship - that of parent and child - begins entirely with a coincidence. The child is produced by whatever serendipity brought its parents together, and the fact that the child was born to its particular parents instead of to another couple is pure happenstance. Thus, children have no choice over the relationship that is most important to their existence. By contrast, friends and lovers choose each other, but even these choices are reactions to whatever random coincidence made the resulting relationship possible.
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Night had fallen, and Diane admired the deep sky behind Steve's calm countenance. They looked into each other's eyes again and felt the spark and excitement of discovery. As if to celebrate the perfect, life-enabling distance of the earth from the sun, Diane and Steve kissed again." "-The Grand Unified Story (a Short Story) from Stories and Scripts: an Anthology
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Steve's throat swelled with tension as the intimacy of the moment became more tangible. He moved his eyes from the dark, reflective river, to the dark, reflective pupils in Diane's eyes. They seemed to quiver with tenderness - but then they would grow distant. He found himself continually surprised at the "aliveness" of the person standing just a foot away from him now. She wasn't inanimate: she would flinch if he pinched her, and answer if he asked her. And she was beautiful." - From "The Grand Unified Story" - a short story in Zack Love's Stories and Scripts: an Anthology
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Summoning my inner Kojak, I tried to convince myself that she would have sat next to me even had there been somewhere else on the bus to sit. Unfortunately, I didn't do a very good job of self-persuasion. Good thing I wasn't in court suing myself, because I would have lost. From: "My Best Valentine's Day.Ever: A Short Story
With the music of our singing in the background, I looked at the church candles and thought about the surreal connection between images and memory. The peaceful and joyous candles flickering there during the Christmas ceremony projected warmth, comfort, and familiarity - even though thy emitted the same kind of fiery energy as the flames caused by the war.
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I kept returning to this new and bizarre question: is there anything that actually is as it seems? Is anything perceptually straightforward? Maybe that's inherently impossible, because impressions are, by their very nature, cumulative - the sum of all your interactions with and perceptions of things.
Speaking of body decorations, I luuhhhvv your belly piercing!' Heeb said, looking at the gold ring in the center of her slim, tan waist. Despite the artic cold, Angelina had opted for a skin tight, black tube top that ended just above her belly, on the assumption that a warm cab, a winter coat, and a short wait to get into the club was an adequate frosty weather strategy. Heeb was still reverently staring at her belly when Angelina finally caught her breath from laughing. 'Do you really like it? You're just saying that so that you can check out my belly!' 'And what's so bad about that? I mean, didn't you get that belly piercing so that people would check out your belly?' 'No. I just thought it would look cool... Do you have any piercings?' 'Actually, I do, ' Heeb replied. 'Where?' 'My appendix.' 'Huh?' 'I wanted to be the first guy with a pierced organ. And the appendix is a totally useless organ anyway, so I figured why the hell not?' 'That's pretty original, ' she replied, amused. 'Oh yeah. I've outdone every piercing fanatic out there. The only problem is when I have to go through metal detectors at the airport.' Angelina burst into laughs again, and then managed to say, 'Don't you have to take it out occasionally for a cleaning?' 'Nah. I figure I'll just get it removed when my appendix bursts. It'll be a two for one operation, if you know what I mean.
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Now give me some advice about how to take full advantage of this city. I'm always looking to improve my odds.' 'Just what I'd expect from a horny actuary.' 'I'm serious.' Carlos reflected for a moment on the problem at hand. He actually had never needed or tried to take full advantage of the city in order to meet women, but he thought about all of his friends who regularly did. His face lit up as he thought of some helpful advice: 'Get into the arts.' 'The arts?' 'Yeah.' 'But I'm not artistic.' 'It doesn't matter. Many women are into the arts. Theater. Painting. Dance. They love that stuff.' 'You want me to get into dance? Earthquakes have better rhythm than me... And can you really picture me in those tights?' 'Take an art history class. Learn photography. Get involved in a play or an independent film production. Get artsy, Sammy. I'm telling you, the senoritas dig that stuff.' 'Really?' 'Yeah. You need to sign up for a bunch of artistic activities. But you can't let on that it's all just a pretext to meet women. You have to take a real interest in the subject or they'll quickly sniff out your game.' 'I don't know... It's all so foreign to me... I don't know the first thing about being artistic.' 'Heeb, this is the time to expand your horizons. And you're in the perfect city to do it. New York is all about reinventing yourself. Get out of your comfort zones. Become more of a Renaissance man. That's much more interesting to women.
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ERIC: What are you always writin' in that book anyway? RODNEY: Poetry. TYRONE: Poetry? Rodney stops sketching and sentimentally flips through a few dozen pages of sketches and handwritten poems and notes. RODNEY: Poetry and pictures. Snapshots of our lives developed in the darkrooms of our souls." From CENTRAL PARK SONG - a screenplay
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Titus, have you ever had your heart broken?' 'Oh, son. How could you ask a man who used to play the blues a question like that?' 'How long does it take to go away?' 'A broken heart?' 'Yeah.' 'There's no precise formula, Sammy.' 'Just give me an estimate.' 'A good rule of thumb is at least half the time that you were in love. Or twice the time. It all just depends.
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You know what you need?' 'What?' 'You need to think about what a badass bald man would do in this situation' 'There are no badass bald men. By definition.' 'What about Dwight D. Eisenhower?' Carlos suggested. 'President Eisenhower?' 'Doesn't he qualify as a badass?' Carlos insisted. 'Look, he may have been president, but he doesn't exactly come to people's minds when you ask them to think of a badass.' 'All right. How about Kojak?' Carlos asked. 'That police detective show with Telly Savalas?' Sammy asked. 'Yeah, Kojak. He was a badass. Always cool under pressure.' 'All right, ' Sammy replied. 'Let's just say, for the sake of argument, that Kojak was a bald badass. So what?' 'So you have to imagine how Kojak would deal with this situation we have in front of us. He wouldn't be worried about whether this girl digs bald guys. He would just walk right up to her, knowing that he's a badass and just take care of business. You see, it's all in the delivery.' 'The delivery?' 'Yeah, the execution
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Summer sticks to her skirt sumptuously, in the shiny gray fabric hanging loosely from her curves. Her chestnut eyes, apparently hidden from strangers; her simple but graceful face, unpainted by Madison Avenue; and her straight black hair, parted down the middle without ego, all suggest a minimalist - almost pastoral - beauty that is oddly discordant with her fashionable attire, comfortable indifference to the crowds, and quasi-attentive perusal of the Time magazine unfolded over her hand.
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You and your siblings are the most precious part of my life. And of all my children, you have the most potential to go anywhere you wish in this world - your test scores and grades have always been among the highest of your peers. But it's clear now that you cannot reach your full potential in Syria.
My decision to become a teacher suddenly seemed even more appropriate. Life had just become that much more unpredictably precarious and ill-suited to long-term planning, and it felt that much more necessary to spread love and knowledge to those who would one day have to manage this messy and painful world of ours" Also in Zack Love's "Stories and Scripts: an Anthology
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I had always been an atheist until I met Lenny. He was too wonderously complex and good for there to be no benevolent and intelligent force behind our marvelous cosmos. Lenny gave me the actual proof my fiercely skeptical mind had always demanded. Not some logical, 37-step proof of God's existence. It was a personal proof. And it was irrefutable.
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At one point, I began to think that I had a divine doorman. Lenny was the most unlikely incarnation of God I could imagine, and yet, I kept drifting irresistibly towards this absurd conclusion. Despite my staunchly atheistic inclinations, I couldn't explain Lenny any other way. But eventually I came to my senses and realized that he was just one of those game show freaks with an encyclopedic memory. That didn't make him God, did it? Would God proclaim so regularly how much he likes Patsy's Pizza?
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The unlikely group that resulted from the union of five diverse characters in their late twenties operated with surprising harmony. This cohesiveness could be attributed to two factors: 1) everyone's issues and embarrassing pasts were plainly disclosed prior to the gang's formation and 2) the clan had been expressly conceived as a male support group.
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I'm just not ready to give myself up, Sammy. I mean, there's something perfect about virginity, and I haven't found someone who deserves to take that perfection from me... ' 'You're loco, Carlos. Insane. Totally crazy... Most guys think they're imperfect for still being virgins past the age of seventeen.
The official recruiting process for their posse began. Because Carlos, Narc, and Trevor each had high SQs, Heeb and Evan reasoned that adding the three to their group would raise the average SQ of each group member (much the way that colleges recruit individuals with higher test scores to increase the average test scores of their matriculated students).
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So... Now that we got that over with, let's get back to love at first sight, Evan said. Not infatuation at first sight... Love. With a capital L, he clarified. Love? Heeb asked, playfully pretending not to know the concept. Yeah. The real thing. The conviction that if you had this one woman, all other women would become irrelevant. You'd never again be unhappy And you'd give up anything to have her and keep her. You've experienced that? Only once. And I haven't stopped thinking about it ever since. Tell me more. Sometimes I think that I still chase women just to forget about her. Because I know I can never have her. But I can't seem to forget about her, no matter what girl I'm chasing... No one can possibly compare... Who is she? Delilah, Evan said wistfully. Delilah?, asked Heeb, intrigued Delilah Nakova, Evan replied, with a hint of awe and reverence in his voice.
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So your theory would seem to be that lying to yourself is no lie at all because you haven't deceived any third party. And if you then convince yourself of those lies, you'll believe them enough to repeat them to other with the genuine conviction that they're true.' "Something like that, ' I conceded uneasily.