a person authorized to suppress unacceptable material
Many words had been removed from the text by a
a correctional institution for those convicted of crimes
Next I went to the
expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from its words
I wanted to learn
not endowed with life
lacking professional skill or expertise
preserve by removing all water and liquids from
She knew how much I liked
dehydrated ice cream, which was one of my very few exceptions to veganism, because it’s what astronauts have for dessert, and she went to the Hayden Planetarium and bought it for me.
a statement that is held to be true
The longer your mother and I lived together, the more we took each other’s
assumptions for granted, the less was said, the more misunderstood, I’d often remember having designated a space as Nothing when she was sure we had agreed that it was Something, our unspoken agreements led to disagreements, to suffering, I started to undress right in front of her, this was just a few months ago, and she said, “Thomas!"
incapable of being avoided or prevented
Everything was forever fixed, there would be only peace and happiness, it wasn’t until last night, our last night together, that the
inevitable question finally arose, I told her, “Something,” by covering her face with my hands and then lifting them like a marriage veil.
the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation
I put her hand on the side of my face, I tilted my head toward my shoulder, in the
context in which she thought our conversation was taking place that meant, “I can’t read it here like this.
a person who uses the mind creatively
He was an
intellectual, although he wasn’t important, maybe he would have been important if he had lived longer, maybe great books were coiled within him like springs, books that could have separated inside from outside.
in disarray; extremely disorderly
The day Anna and I made love for the first time, he met me in the yard, he was standing with a
disheveled man whose curly hair sprang up in every direction, whose glasses were bent, whose white shirt was stained with the fingerprints of his print-stained hands, “Thomas, please meet my friend Simon Goldberg.”
serve as a means for expressing something
I touched my fingers to her eyelids and opened her eyes wide enough to
convey every possible meaning, I was about to leave her behind without saying goodbye, to turn my back on a marriage of millimeters and rules
an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile
Where be your
gibes now, your gambols, your songs?
light-hearted recreational activity for amusement
Where be your gibes now, your
gambols, your songs?
characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance
“You were being
systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
He had reported almost every war of the twentieth century, like the Spanish Civil War, and the
genocide in East Timor, and bad stuff that happened in Africa.
continuing forever or indefinitely
As I walked up, I held the railing tight and started inventing things in my head: air bags for skyscrapers, solar-powered limousines that never had to stop moving, a frictionless,
having the ability to understand
I try to be a
perceptive person who follows the scientific method and is observant, but I hadn’t noticed before that the whole bed was completely covered in nails.
moderate to inferior in quality
I pulled my feelings book from under my pillow, flipped to the current page, and downgraded from desperate to