The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri by David Bajo

Silent implies that there is something to say. Quiet implies completion.

I need to make you feel how I feel. All the time. I need to show you how I feel about everyone who matters to me. All the time. Don’t you ever feel like that about somebody? That they will slip away because you choose, just for a moment in your life, to delay, or to wait, or to pursue another direction, one you feel more ready to follow?

A tautochrone or isochrone curve is the curve for which the time taken by an object sliding without friction in uniform gravity to its lowest point is independent of its starting point. The curve is a cycloid, and the time is equal to p times the square root of the radius over the acceleration of gravity.

The most fascinating thing about friendship, Irma said to him as she sat naked on a squeaky iron bed in Patzcuaro and smoked a crooked black cheroot, is how it advances even though it is seemingly constructed out of nothing more than repetition. Take us, for instance. You and me, Pip. You are my best friend. My very best friend, whether we are fucking or not, whether you are married or not. Yet basically we do the same things, say the same things, over and over. How does that repetition achieve advance?

Through the accumulation of slight variations, he answered. Over time. Ah! She said, forgetting she was naked and sliding to the edge of the bed, where she braced her arms and dangled her feet. Ah. For once my math is faster than yours. Time is a factor, it always is. But resonation is a much more significant factor. How those resonations play off subsequent events in a person’s, a friend’s, life. Regardless of the presence of the other friend.

She bounced slightly on the bed. Follow? She put down the cigar, dusted the ashes from her breasts, and opened her hands towards him. We do or say something we’ve done several times before in our friendship. You notice or do not notice a slight variation. You carry that variation, noticed or unnoticed, around until it resonates against or with something you hear or sense or experience. That resonation then affects both the immediate experience and the friendship. Yes?

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