I LOVED the book Women In Love when I was a teenager, and I still love it. There are some D.H. Lawrences that are.. not as gripping, however I adore Women In Love. I was reading The New Yorker and eating Malt o' Meal Crispy Rice from the discount grocery place I like so much (it's small), when this excerpt from Lawrence, written when he was dying, popped out at me from an article by Benjamin Kunkel reviewing Lawrence biographies.
Man wants his physical fulfillment first and foremost, since now, once and once only, he is in the flesh and potent. For man, the vast marvel is to be alive. For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.... The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.
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