Burning the Days

I went up to Manchester by the Book recently, as recounted here.

One of the books I found was Burning the Days, the autobiography of the renowned author James Salter.

Michael Dirda observed in The Washington Post about Salter that “he can, when he wants, break your heart with a sentence.

I opened the book to a random page, and found:

“I cannot think of it without sadness. I think of the day-long, intimate hours in her apartment with the same record playing over and over, phrases from it like some sort of oath I will know til the day I die.”

OK it’s two sentences.