Two long short stories first published in the "New Yorker" in the 1950s, "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" and "Seymour: an Introduction" are each narrated by writer Buddy Glass, a character often said to be a portrait of the author himself. Both are stream of consciousness narratives,... read more
“Her mouth was open. Absorbed, worried. The identification with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer tragedy complete.”Seymour Glass (diary)
“She worries over the way her love for me comes and goes, appears and disappears. She doubts its reality simply because it isn't as steadily pleasurable as a kitten.”Seymour Glass (diary)
“Oh, God, if I'm anything by a clinical name, I'm a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”Seymour Glass (diary)
“A child is a guest in the house, to be loved and respected - never possessed, since he belongs to God. How wonderful, how sane, how beautifully difficult, and therefore true.”Seymour Glass (diary)
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