ah. i'm so self-indulgent. notable things circa 2 AM to 8 PM today.

"i really don't want to see them right now. because they write me and all they can talk about is how much they're growing, and i just really don't want to hear that."
"right...all more abroad than thou".
"exactly. i don't want to hear them telling me how much better my life will be once i go abroad."

"because i agree with you, i think that lurie is very self-aware. but in this book, and lots of books, and other...stuff, that kind of acute introspection IS blindness. and i think that that contrasts with lucy's unbelievable blindness to herself, her willingness to pawn herself into a sociopolitical ...pawn."