Our Ocean of Details
Am I mistaken to think that even back then, in the vivid present, the fullness of life stirred our emotions to an extraordinary extent? Has anywhere since so engrossed you in its ocean of details? The detail, the immensity of the detail, the force of the detail, the weight of the detail, the rich endlessness of detail surrounding you in your young life like the six feet of dirt thatíll be packed on your grave when youíre dead.
Philip Roth, in 'American Pastoral'