"But there was nothing about the little, low-rambling, more or less identical homes of Northumberland Estates to interest or to haunt, no chance of loot that would be any more than the ordinary, waking-world kind the cops hauled you in for taking; no small immunities, no possibilities for hidden life or otherworldly presence; no trees, secret routes, shortcuts, culverts, thickets that could be made hollow in the middle – everything in the place was right out in the open, everything could be seen at a glance; and behind it, under it, around the corners of its houses and down the safe, gentle curves of its streets, you came back, you kept coming back, to nothing; nothing but the cheerless earth."
Thomas Pynchon, "The Secret Integration"

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Reasons why I liked your post

Personally, I hit the like button for any combination of the following things:

  1. You posted something beautiful.
  2. I laughed, for whatever reason.
  3. You posted something shitty that happened to you and I care about you and I want you to feel better/know that some quasi-random guy on the internet cares (the heart icon seems more appropriate for these).
  4. You managed to articulate something that I’ve been struggling to.
  5. Reading what you posted makes me think “you know what, that kid is going to be okay.”
  6. You posted something I want to reply to, but there’s no reply option, and it doesn’t seem worth leaving you a question/reblogging (“worth” here has to do with the depth/importance of my response, not your post).
  7. You introduced me to something new.
  8. You posted something that I love in a way that makes it clear that we are alike in that way (Zooey Dechanel’s perfectly valid point about taste not really being an indicator of character is one thing; when you already like a person, finding out that they love some of the stuff you love is pretty neat).
  9. You’ve managed to find a much better/wittier/more devastating way to phrase something I believe.
  10. I just think you’re awesome.

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