That sometime human beings have to just sit in once place and, like, hurt. That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. That there is a such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness … That there might not be angels, but there are people who might as well be. That God - unless you’re Charlton Heston, or unhinged, or both - speaks and acts entirely through the vehicle of human beings, if there is a God. That God might regard the issue of whether you believe there’s a God or not as fairly low on his/her/its list of things s/he/it’s interested in re you.
David Foster Wallace; Infinite Jest (via wordpainting)
Men’s rights activists don’t organize marches; they don’t build shelters or raise funds for abused men; they don’t organize prostate cancer-awareness events or campaign against prison rape. What they actually do, when they’re not simply carping in comments online, is target and harass women—from feminist writers and professors to activists—in an attempt to silence them.
GOD THIS IS SO FUCKING IMPORTANT
This is from the second volume of “Dark Frontier” by Debby Wimer. “Dark Frontier is Star Trek/Dark Shadows crossover fan fiction.
“Christine, I can scarcely resist you,” he murmured into her fragrant hair before returning to her lips. “I would like so very much to…make love to you. Do you think that would be possible?”
The question was sudden but not entirely unexpected; even at that, she scarcely knew what to say. She could not deny her strong attraction to Barnabas, but was it strong enough to also deny her feelings for Spock and give herself to another man?
“It’s possible,” she found herself whispering back in the heat of the moment.
This is from the-writers-craftDOTcom: “Very little fiction is written in second person with the exception of “choose your own adventure” types of books, or books about psychosis. But it is a popular style for a lot of non-fiction self-help books, and tourism ads.”
Here’s a (not-comprehensive) list of “serious” authors who have used second person POV:
Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket
There are also those inspired by or satirizing CYOA and self-help books using second person like Lorrie Moore and Mohsin Hamid.
Hamid (writing for The Guardian): “I thought my next novel should try to be explicit about this, about the nature of the reader-writer relationship, the notion that “you” could simultaneously be audience and character and maker. My growing sense was that a kind of self-expression (and self-transcendence, and even self-help) is central to what fiction does, both for writers and for readers.”