Even in fleeting, diminished doses
And wasn’t it terrible, how much he looked forward to those moments, so much so that sometimes even a ride by himself on the subway was the best part of the day? Wasn’t it terrible that after all the work one put into finding a person to spend one’s life with, after making a family with that person, even in spite of missing that person … that solitude was what one relished the most, the only thing that, even in fleeting, diminished doses, kept one sane?
— Jhumpa Lahiri, “A Choice of Accommodations”(in Unaccustomed Earth)
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Even in fleeting, diminished doses

And wasn’t it terrible, how much he looked forward to those moments, so much so that sometimes even a ride by himself on the subway was the best part of the day? Wasn’t it terrible that after all the work one put into finding a person to spend one’s life with, after making a family with that person, even in spite of missing that person … that solitude was what one relished the most, the only thing that, even in fleeting, diminished doses, kept one sane?

— Jhumpa Lahiri, “A Choice of Accommodations”
(in Unaccustomed Earth)

(Photo: literarychicago.com)

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