There Are Four

On an N-Judah train bound for home earlier this evening I peeled open a new book and for the second time in as many months I managed to make it only as far as the epigraph before having to set it down again. The last time this happened there was only a single magnificent quote to give me pause. In the instance of Jandy Nelson's second novel I'll Give You the Sun, however, there are four, and these are they.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there.


I believe in nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of the imagination.

John Keats

Where there is great love, there are always miracles.

Willa Cather

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

E.E. Cummings

There Ought to Be Clowns

B and I rode the J to the Geary Theater on Geary Street for a preview performance of the American Conservatory Theater's A Little Night Music at seven o'clock last night. We had terrible seats but the production was wonderful and I may or may not have cried during one of the songs in the second act and that song may or may not have been "Send in the Clowns" and here is a video of it being performed by Dame Judi Dench at Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday celebration in 2010.