Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Compassion


I thought about eating, but decided against it. My hunger had lost its validity. Temporarily, of course. You know how it is. Something you’ve seen or experienced touches you deeply and moves you to a nobler plane, but then later on you get really hungry and your concern for humanity loses focus. You care, God knows you do, but the thought of biting into a pickle plows like a hippopotamus into the clear pool of your compassion. The next thing you know, you’re warming up some three-day-old enchiladas.

[From Chapter 1, A Listening Thing]


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A Listening Thing, at the special price of $14.00, plus shipping.

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7 comments:

erin said...

(!) kind of an elephant blast
to answer your hippopotamus hunger.

xo
erin

(yes! and we're buying your book. i feel like we're at an auction and must beat the other bidders, or at a picnic and must get first to the plate of pickles:) tonight, tonight~

Transcend Designs said...

oooo, what a teaser...!
I'm hooked already...!

William Michaelian said...

Erin, as my old friend Mr. Hinshaw used to say — and you will understand the importance of this reference once you have the book — “You snooze, you lose.” Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the pickles.

Great, Brad! I’m glad you’re teased, and even happier knowing you’re going to have the book.

Jan said...

I've been there...done that. To survive, to go on with life, finally conquers our need to suffer for one reason, or another.
I am so looking forward to receiving my copy of your novel, William~~~

William Michaelian said...

In your heart and hands, Jan, I know it will have a good home. Thank you.

Wine and Words said...

Can't wait. My fingers are itching and my eyes bugged.

William Michaelian said...

How interesting — you’ve perfectly described my normal condition....