“Endgame,” Electrify the Soul

classic literatureJulie, Matthew and I sat in the kitchen and read “Endgame” by Samuel Beckett. He wrote classic literature all right. Words that come and seem the same but they cannot be removed, unless to change the meaning of the sentence.

To have faith in humanity is important. The skeptic’s glasses show skeptical a world. It’s consuming. Think about all the work you have to do tomorrow, go ahead spend twenty seconds worrying about your boss and what the first thing you’ll do when you get in is and how long it’s going to take and then what you’re going to do after that to fill in the time before lunch…

But you may as well simply not go into work at all. Don’t you see? The two have the same consequences practically. Better to find a medium. Feel it out. Then you’ll know. Try to. Then judge. Senses and thoughts. Work them together and form a carefully molded judgment. Try removing the glasses, looking out of the shadows. Then you can be there in Lake Como before you capsize. And at least they’ll tell stories about you. Better than the worrier, forgotten. Electrify the soul with beauty, gas it up.



By Daniel Ryan Adler

Daniel Adler writes fiction and nonfiction and is finishing his MFA at University of South Carolina.

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