“At Last. Something Real.”

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“When something real is about to happen to you, you go toward it with a transparent surface parallel to your own front that hums and bisects both your ears, making eyes very alert. The light bends toward chalky blue. Your skin aches. At last: something real.”

— Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

“At last. Something real.” is a phrase that has haunted me for years.