• Gauntlets are the stuff of every life, but when you learn young how to pick them up, how to work them against the demons, and finally how to outlast if not escape those same demons, life can seem more merciful. It's that long, smooth, false swanning through life that seems to drive a person, sooner or later, into the wall.

    Marlena de Blasi (2013). “A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance”, p.34, Algonquin Books