Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dead Times

And what of the "dead times" in a marriage, when the romance has faded, and "happily ever after" seems a cruel sham?  The rock musician Lou Reed once said that repetition was "fantastic," because it was "anti-glop."  His is an aesthetic concern for shunning the mushy and mawkish by employing repetitive sound, yet the insight might apply to marriage as well.  For repetition resists the glop of sentiment, and also tests the spirit.

Kathleen Norris
Acedia & Me
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