"'If a child wants to grow up to be a cowgirl, she ought to be able to do it, or else this world ain't worth living in. I want every little girl - and every boy, for that matter - to be free to realize their fantasies. Anything less than that is unacceptable to me.'" - Bonanza Jellybean (Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues)
My response to this happiness, naturally, was to worry that I was in the grip of something diseased and bad and wrong. An addiction. Every morning, driving to an office I’d borrowed in Santa Cruz, I would wrestle with the urge to stop and bird for “a few minutes.” Seeing a good bird made me want to stay out and see more good birds. Not seeing a good bird made me sour and desolate, for which the only cure was, likewise, to keep looking.
Jonathan Franzen, “My Bird Problem,” The Discomfort Zone
"Of the many things I was afraid of in those days - spiders, insomnia, fish hooks, school dances, hardball, heights, bees, urinals, puberty, music teachers, dogs, the school cafeteria, censure, older teenagers, jellyfish, locker rooms, boomerangs, popular girls, the high dive - I was probably most afraid of my parents."
- Jonathan Franzen, “Then Joy Breaks Through,” The Discomfort Zone