Miss Lonelyhearts and the Clean Old Man
"He felt as though his heart were a bomb, a complicated bomb that would result in a simple explosion, wrecking the world without rocking it."
"He decided to go to Delehanty's for a drink."
"At college, and perhaps for a year afterwards, they had believed in literature, had believed in Beauty and in personal expression as an absolute end. When they lost this belief, they lost everything. Money and fame meant nothing to them. They were not worldly men."
"As Miss Lonelyhearts stood at the bar, swaying slightly to the remembered music, he thought of children dancing. Square replacing oblong and being replaced by circle. Every child, everywhere; in the whole world there was not one child who was not gravely, sweetly dancing."
"Yes, I know, your tale is a sad one. Tell it, damn you, tell it."
Gravely, sweetly dancing. Umm.