The Catstronaut Think ____ Is GOOD

stephanie. twenty six. enneagram 4w3. INFP. sun in scorpio, moon in virgo, rising in capricorn and venus in libra. horrible sense of smell = bad tastebuds. must count the numbers on license plates and alphabetize the letters. quirky and passionate. loves to laugh and makes others do so. animal sound extraordinaire. a sucker for beer, my cat and driving with my windows down and music up.

Emotions, in my experience, aren’t covered by single words. I don’t believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I’d like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy." I’d like to show how "intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members" connects with "the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age." I’d like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar." I’ve never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I’ve entered my story, I need them more than ever.
— Jeffrey Eugenides, from Middlesex

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