Daniel Knox, “Don’t Touch Me” (Daniel Knox, Carrot Top Records, 2/24/15)
Some people really are what they seem to be—though not that many.
Like most explanations, it’s as plausible as anything else.
Character, to me, is one more lie of history and the dramatic arts. In my view, we have only what we did yesterday, what we do today, and what we might do tomorrow. Plus, whatever we think about all of that. But nothing else—nothing hard or kernel like. I’ve never seen evidence of anything resembling it. In fact I’ve seen the opposite: life as teeming and befuddling, followed by the end.
—Richard Ford, “The New Normal” (Let Me Be Frank With You)