Great Moments in Literature

“There is no way to describe the way she walked except as a kind of brave sensual trudging: as if she were nose-deep in snowdrifts, and yet on route to meet a lover. She came up the dead center of the mall, her gray coat fluttering a little in a breeze off the Jersey coast. Her high heels hit precise and neat each time on the X’s of the grating in the middle of the mall. Half a year in the city and at least she had learned to do that. Had lost heels, and once in a while composure, in the process; but now could do it blindfolded. She kept on the grating just to show off. To herself.”

                     --Thomas Pynchon, V., 1963

“THE TWO MEN FACE EACH OTHER, EACH GRIPPING A HANDLE OF THE TINY, JURY-RIGGED WARP DEVICE–SO MUCH RIDING ON SO LITTLE. THEN, WITH A NOD OF SILENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT, A FINAL CONNECTION IS MADE.–AND THE GOSSAMER FABRIC OF TIME RIPS WIDE!”

                     --David Michelinie, IRON MAN, Vol. 1, No. 150, 
                            "Knightmare," 1981

(Posted simultaneously to “Jelly-Town!”)

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