Special Topics in Calamity Physics

“But most critically, sweet, never try to change the narrative of
someone else’s story, though you will certainly be tempted to,
as you watch those poor souls in school, in life, heading unwittingly
down dangerous tangents, fatal digressions from which they will
unlikely be able to emerge. Resist the temptation. Spend your energies
on your story. Reworking it. Making it better.”

“Those around you can have their novellas, sweet, their short stories
of cliche and coincidence, occasionally spiced up with tricks of the
quirky, the achingly mundane, the grotesque. A few will even cook up
Greek tragedy, those born into misery, destined to die in misery. But
you, my bride of quietness, you will craft nothing less than the epic
with your life. Out of all of them, your story will be the one to last.”

“It was as if Hannah had sprung a leak and her character, usually
so meticulous and contained, was spilling all over the place.”

–Marisha Pessl

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