Yesterday I had an ideal reader's day. I was free all afternoon and into the early evening so I packed up my two current reads (Chronic City & Buffett) and climbed up into my nook. Listen to how Jonathan Lethem blessed my dusk. Lethem does it by describing two encounters we all have as human beings in relation to one another, but he does so in a very unordinary and more exact way.
"Perkus spoke as if to one of us alone, only I was unsure which. Was he resuming a conversation with Oona or beginning one with me? All talk was a resumption ." I love that: "all talk was resumption."
And then, describing lust and logic: "This might be her default look, teeth too much for lips to contain. Above this expression Oona's eyes flitted, measuring the distance to the exit. Yet if Oona was Perkus' female synonym, she was younger and, I had to admit, alluring. If they were siblings, she'd gotten the looks. If they were lovers, I found myself thinking, he'd gotten lucky ."