Amy McDaniel
The New Adult Mathematics

1:1.  There are considerably fewer than 50 ways to leave your lover.



2:1.  Pride and shame are identical in kind but not degree (“I’m not proud!” > “Shameless!”).



2:2.  The beach is its own kind of seriousness.



3:1.  Eyeglasses never made anyone look sexy and neither did grey hair.  But some already-sexy people still look sexy with eyeglasses or grey hair, and the realization of this can be thrilling and vexing, which is sexy.



4:1.  People want to impress, or delight.  People want to be delighted, not impressed.  They want to love more than be loved.



4:2.  I like to say we know things when really we couldn’t know for certain.  You like to say we don’t know anything at all, not for certain.



5:1.  Last night I dreamed a difference between style and form.



5:2.  Sleep simulates madness, not death.  What could be less peaceful than sleep.



6:1.  I’m at a loud bar in another city talking to a new acquaintance named Dale.  He shouts, “How many days will you be in town?” and I hold up four fingers.  Dale shouts, “I don’t speak sign language!”



7:1.  There is such a thing as a point of no return. Tangled hair becomes matted hair.  Plans get cancelled; the day turns shapeless.  If you aren’t a genius by now you won’t ever be.  For instance Tom Petty.  If you look at a map with Tom Petty on it, a point of no return will appear somewhere on the same map.



7:2.  “We cannot know for sure if there is such a thing as altogether unappreciated genius.”—Hannah Arendt.



8:1.  Everything is not that relative.  Still, I miss being called precocious.  Allow me that.



9:1.  You are a brand-new virus every few minutes.  Cycle through friends weekly, at least, if you want someone to know the real you.



10:1.  “For my part, life is so many things I don’t care what it is.”—D.H. Lawrence



11:1.  Like begets like.  More begets more.  Bread begets bread.



11:2.  Nothing begets an infinity of nothing.  Zero trust = zero fear.



12:1.  A good problem to have is still a problem.



12.2.  To preserve something you must freeze it, or can it.