Welcome to Bookmarker!

This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading.

Source code on GitHub (MIT license).

141

I Just Called To Say I Love You

0
terms
2
notes

on the problems with phones and people saying "i love you" in public, and how his dad never said "i love you" aloud and maybe that's why he doesn't like it. also a bit about 9/11 and how people's perception of it was mostly through TV

Franzen, J. (2012). I Just Called To Say I Love You. In Franzen, J. Farther Away. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, pp. 141-160

152

[...] I didn't understand that the worst damage to the country was being done not by the pathogen but by the immune system's massive overresponse to it, because I didn't have a TV. I was mentally comparing Tuesday's death toll with other tallies of violent death--three thousand Americans killed in traffic accidents in the thirty days preceding September 11--because, not seeing the images, I thought the numbers mattered. I was devoting energy to imagining, or resisting imagining, the horror of sitting in a window seat while your plane came in low along the West Side Highway, or of being trapped on the ninety-fifth floor and hearing the steel structure below you begin to groan and rumble, while the rest of the country was experiencing actual real-time trauma by watching the same footage over and over. [...]

on Franzen not watching TV, and thus not thinking 9/11 had changed NYC much

—p.152 by Jonathan Franzen 2 years, 4 months ago

[...] I didn't understand that the worst damage to the country was being done not by the pathogen but by the immune system's massive overresponse to it, because I didn't have a TV. I was mentally comparing Tuesday's death toll with other tallies of violent death--three thousand Americans killed in traffic accidents in the thirty days preceding September 11--because, not seeing the images, I thought the numbers mattered. I was devoting energy to imagining, or resisting imagining, the horror of sitting in a window seat while your plane came in low along the West Side Highway, or of being trapped on the ninety-fifth floor and hearing the steel structure below you begin to groan and rumble, while the rest of the country was experiencing actual real-time trauma by watching the same footage over and over. [...]

on Franzen not watching TV, and thus not thinking 9/11 had changed NYC much

—p.152 by Jonathan Franzen 2 years, 4 months ago
159

My father, despite writing letters filled with life and curiosity, saw nothing wrong with consigning my mother to four decades of cooking and cleaning at home while he was enjoying his agency out in the world of men. It seems to be the rule, in both the small world of marriage and the big world of American life, that those without agency have sentimentality, and vice versa. [...]

good quote

—p.159 by Jonathan Franzen 2 years, 4 months ago

My father, despite writing letters filled with life and curiosity, saw nothing wrong with consigning my mother to four decades of cooking and cleaning at home while he was enjoying his agency out in the world of men. It seems to be the rule, in both the small world of marriage and the big world of American life, that those without agency have sentimentality, and vice versa. [...]

good quote

—p.159 by Jonathan Franzen 2 years, 4 months ago