Wednesday, August 19, 2009


So she watched. She watched when others rented their boards to see how they drew them from the rack. She watched to see how they held them, carried them, when they strapped on their ankle bungees. And she did as they did, even though, as often as not, they didn't know either. Everyone was an amateur, everyone pretending at grace - that's why they were renting boards and did not own them, and that's why they were surfing here, at Alta, where the waves were small and forgiving and the water was warm, like the inside of a plum.

GOD: I own you like I own the caves.
THE OCEAN: Not a chance. No comparison.
GOD: I made you, I could tame you.
THE OCEAN: At one time, maybe. But not now.
GOD: I will come to you, freeze you, break you.
THE OCEAN: I will spread myself like wings. I am a billion tiny feathers. You have no idea what's happened to me.

{From "The Only Meaning of The Oil Wet Water" from How We Are Hungry by David Eggers}


A A D D A A M M C C said...

dude is awesome. thanks. haven't read this one.

P.M said...

Halfway through the book now. Get it, there's some awesome stuff in there. Been on a short story kick for months now.