Maybe it takes a female science fiction writer to get it right, but the most compelling, resonating description of what it is like to pair with another person for life is at the end of Chapter 6 of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Disposessed”.
In it, Takver tells Shevek, “I need the bond. The real one. Body and mind and all the years of life. Nothing else. Nothing less.”
The rest of that chapter is achingly good, matter of fact and true.
I don’t read many books twice, but I recently pulled my worn paperback copy of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions off the old bookshelf and, flipping through the first few pages, I became convinced it was time to revisit it.
I love the quote in the title of this blog entry from Vonnegut’s fictional alter-ego, Kilgore Trout, and it reminds me that I haven’t blogged in a good, long, time. Here’s to ideas, of which we have many! Let’s commit more of them to paper.