We in California show anger and pleasure the same way, by a little California laugh. You need an ear for the difference. And things aren't "good," and things are never "bad"–no, in this lush eternity by the sea we measure our moments by two other words. Everything on the spectrum of undesireability, from minor annoyance to universal tragedy, is okay. Anything better to any degree, all the way up to a colossal jackpot or the return of Jesus–that's neat.

Denis Johnson in »Already Dead«

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