Quote: The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink

“[…] beauty is apparently relative. I felt both better- and worse- looking than before. Better because I was suddenly reminded that the world is not all college girls and trophy wives, and worse because everything in the whole universe is contagious if you look at it long enough. Just opening your eyes puts you in front of a mirror, psychologically speaking. Garbage in, garbage out. Or rather, garbage goes in, but you never get rid of it. It just lies there turning to dust and slowly wafting a thin layer of grime on to every other object in your brain. Scraping the gunk off is not only a major challenge, but the chief burden of human existence. that’s why I keep things so clean. Otherwise I would see little flecks of […] shit everywhere I looked …”

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