March 26, 2012

The Lover's Dictionary

Sometimes desire is air; sometimes desire is liquid. And every now and then, when everything else is air and liquid, desire solidifies, and the body is the magnet that draws its weight.

this was another short, quick read. The Lover's Dictionary tells the story of one couple's relationship through personalized entries in a dictionary. the dictionary is alphabetized, so the story is nonlinear, but it's easy to pick up the narrative arc through the entries. if you like books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower or anything by Nick Hornby, you would enjoy this. below are a couple of my favorite pages:

commonplace, adj.

it swings both ways, really.
i'll see your hat on the table and i'll feel such longing for you, even if you're only in the other room. if i know you aren't looking, i'll hold the green wool up to my face, inhale that echo of your shampoo and the cold air from outside.
but then i'll walk into the bathroom and find you've forgotten to put the cap back on the toothpaste again, and it will be this splinter that i just keep stepping on.

punctuate, adj.

cue the imaginary interviewer:
Q: so when all is said and done, what have you learned here?
A: the key to a successful relationship isn't just in the words, it's in the choice of punctuation. a well-placed question mark can be the difference between bliss and disaster, and i deeply respected period or a cleverly inserted ellipsis can prevent all kinds of exclamations.

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