Gretchen Rubin

“It Was Once Suggested to Me that, as an Antidote to Crying, I Put My Head in a Paper Bag.”

“It Was Once Suggested to Me that, as an Antidote to Crying, I Put My Head in a Paper Bag.”

“It was once suggested to me that, as an antidote to crying, I put my head in a paper bag. As it happens, there is a sound physiological reason, something to do with oxygen, for doing exactly that, but the psychological effect alone is incalculable: it is difficult in the extreme to continue fancying oneself Cathy in Wuthering Heights with one’s head in a Food Fair bag.”

--Joan Didion, “On Self-Respect,” in Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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