I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one, that has frightened and inspired us, so that we live in a Pearl White serial of continuing thought and wonder. Humans are caught–in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity, too–in a net of good and evil. I think this is the only story we have and that it occurs on all levels of feeling and intelligence. Virtue and vice were warp and woof of our first consciousness, they will be the fabric of our last, and this despite any changes we may impose on field and river and mountain, on economy and manners. There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well–or ill? …
We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.
– John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Hi, My Name Is Kendall.
My Loves:My Canon AE-1 film camera.
Used book stores.
Cherry limeades from Sonic.
Listening:Bat For Lashes, The Haunted Man
The xx, Coexist
Usher, Looking 4 Myself
Reading:Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
Watching:Dexter, Season 7
How I Met Your Mother, Season 8
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24 Before 251. Take the GRE
Read every Harry Potter book
3. Rendezvous with my parents in Scotland
4. Write a good short story
5. Go to the ballet
6. Blog re-design
Go to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
8. Start running again
Get published on Thought Catalog
10. Learn Italian
Take a train journey
Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
Get a tattoo
Hike Mt. Si
15. Buy a piece of clothing in Italy
16. Classic movie marathon
See a concert somewhere in Europe
18. Croatian vacation
19. Write one poem a day for one month
20. Sew a dress
21. Drive a car in the U.K.
22. Visit Stockholm while it’s snowing
Learn how to French braid
24. Make music