Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Our Ecstatic Days

I just know it's slipping away. I can hear it in the walls, it sings to me. I hear death spreading through the baseboards or in the ceilings, sometimes it's just old age. Sometimes it's something unbearably sad the house never recovers from, an untimely death, the end of a marriage, an act of violence, something only the house knows, something only the house has seen, a betrayal the house absorbs while shielding the habitants from it. Sometimes when a house dies, it's an act of sacrifice.

from Our Ecstatic Days
by Steve Erickson
Simon & Schuster, 2005


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