“Madness, it became convenient to believe quite early on, came with the territory, on the order of earthquakes.”
“One difference between the West and the South, I came to realize in 1970, was this: in the South they remained convinced that they had bloodied their land with history. In California we did not believe that history could bloody the land, or even touch it.”
“I closed the box and put it in a closet.
There is no real way to deal with everything we lose.”