Thursday, July 23, 2009


"Sometimes we have the absolute certainty there’s something inside us that’s so hideous and monstrous that if we ever search it out we won’t be able to stand looking at it. But it’s when we’re willing to come face to face with that demon that we face the angel." - Hubert Selby Jr. (Last Exit to Brooklyn)

his novels, last exit to brooklyn & requiem for a dream are great small scale novels & relentless in their portrayal of suffering & failure & abuse. he believed in redemption but not an easy or simple kind. you lived through what you'd brought down upon yourself & reflected on it & tried, very very hard, to understand your lessons & live better. there is a light on the other side of complete utter darkness but it has to be absorbed & reflected back out into the world. otherwise, you're in deep shit.

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