Sunday, August 29, 2010

quote of the day

"These stories seem at times to be stories of a long-lost world when the city of New York was still filled with a river light, when you heard the Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stationary store, and when almost everybody wore a hat. Here is the last of that generation of chain smokers who woke the world in the morning with their coughing, who used to get stoned at cocktail parties and perform obsolete dance steps like 'the Cleveland Chicken,' sail for Europe on ships, who were truly nostalgic for love and happiness, and whose gods were as ancient as yours and mine, whoever you are."
-John Cheever, preface to The Stories of John Cheever

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you're reading it! You should make sure to read Torch Song, The Swimmer, and The Five Forty Eight - those are my favorites.

    ~Thy Brother