October 2021
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Notes from Melbourne as the pandemic persists
By Helen Garner
At dinner we talked about dreaming. “Just at the moment in a dream when you’re about to grasp the meaning of life,” I said, “you wake up and, boom, it’s gone.” “Maybe,” said the 17-year-old in a low, ironical tone, “the cynicism of waking up is the meaning of life.” *
October 2021
Notes from Melbourne as the pandemic persists
By Helen Garner
Image of hands
At dinner we talked about dreaming. “Just at the moment in a dream when you’re about to grasp the meaning of life,” I said, “you wake up and, boom, it’s gone.” “Maybe,” said the 17-year-old in a low, ironical tone, “the cynicism of waking up is the meaning of life.” *