Sunday, September 21, 2008


"The meaning of life" said Botticelli, "is suffering, specifically the suffering of others."


"Ha," said Botticelli, "ha-ha-ha! You gain [their] trust, you refuse [them] and -- ha-ha -- you become what [they] knew you were all along, what you knew you were all along, not a friend, not a confessor, not a forgiver, but -- ha-ha! -- a rat!"

~ The Tale of Desperaux, p. 88, 90.

Ms. DiCamillo, brilliant and talented you are. So many times your words have spoken directly to my heart ... today, however, you broke it.