10-second review: Reflections on the themes that emerged through writing his autobiography.
“The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, views the pre-natal abyss with more calm than the one he is heading for (at some forty-five hundred heartbeats an hour).”
“Nature expects a full-grown man to accept the two black voids, fore and aft, as stolidly as he accepts the extraordinary visions in between.”
“Initially, I was unaware that time, so boundless at first blush, was a prison.”
Comment: A succinct summary of life. RayS.
Best American Essays of the Century. Editors: Oates and Atwan.