It’s All One

There’s a hazardous sadness to the first sounds of someone else’s work in the morning; it’s as if stillness experiences the pain of being broken. The first minute of the workday reminds you of all the other minutes that a day consists of, and it’s never a good thing to think of minutes as invidivuals. Only after other minutes have joined the naked, lonely first minute does the day become more safely integrated in its dayness.

–Jonathan Franzen, Freedom

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