Monday, July 7, 2008

An Ode to Stephen King

Back in my english major days teachers would visibly balk when I confessed to enjoying Stephen King. Their eyes would glaze, and I could almost see the thought bubbles counting down the days until retirement.

But you know what? I like that he's easily accessible. I like that I can tunnel through his books without frequent pauses for philosophical contemplation. I like how easily he captures a character's voice and how his voice can exceed the outside world.

And you know what I love most? I love when I'm in his story - reading and visualizing with the best of them...and he turns a special phrase. It will sometimes be mixed into the middle of a paragraph, sometimes it will be the very last sentence.

Some of my favorite quotes from Duma Key:

"The extraneous dropped away almost entirely, and when that happens, you being to hear yourself clearly. And clear communication between selves - the surface self and the deep self is what I mean - is the enemy of self doubt. It slays confusion." Pg 102

"Just once I'd like to meet a man who was a man and not a pill-popping Magic 8-Ball. 'Cannot say now, ask later when I'm not feeling so upset." Pg 156

"God punishes us for what we can't imagine." Pg 277

"I know when it comes to art, its perfectly ok to paraphrase Nietzsche: if you keep your focus, eventually your focus will keep you." Pg 286

"An honest woman may ocassionally goof the truth, but a good liar never varies her story." Pg 346

"It was like the body of a beautiful woman hidden under a shapeless piece of clothing." Pg 352

"Because forgetting isn't always involuntary. Sometimes it's willed." Pg 437

"There was pain, but less than I had been prepared for...and in the end, that's usually the way, don't you think?" Pg 580
When I was younger I had notebooks full of quotes. Now I have a website, tags and search features to keep it all organized.

As to the book itself - I loved it. My only beef is that a major player was killed off like an afterthought on the second to last page. I spent over 600 pages becoming endeared and suddenly they were struck down without reason. It felt like a Joss move.
Anyone read it? Its #1 on Amazon's occult books list and you can read the first thirty pages here: