Imagined Conversations (4.1.14)

Spoken quotes from the week’s news in dialogue form.

A: We’re French, we had to put wine in the story. And so life had champagne parties.

B: Well, a party without champagne…

A: —Is a war without weapons. You know, if I was younger, we’d have had a great passionate affair for two years and been friends the rest of our lives. I can tell you that frankly. That said, if you violate my airspace, there will not be a funeral!

B: Your old lovers…

A: Old lovers get to be really old lovers, and you can’t remember who broke up with who, or who got mad at who—just that the two of you remember things that no one else in the world does. We’re talking about people in close contact who are experiencing the painful intersections of intimacy.

B: I never was involved…

A: Never?

B: There was a time when I thought it was a charming idea. But now it’s so out of control. It’s a kind of mania. It’s not about romance any more—it’s just about saying ‘I did it.’

A: It’s just a nice way to deposit something somewhere, and know—or at least hope—that it will be there if, and when, you ever return.

B: To deposit…

A: Oh well, there’s a lot of tenderness, too.

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