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Friends Shouldn’t Be Too Perfect | Anne Lamott

Friends Shouldn’t Be Too Perfect | Anne Lamott

“Now, a person’s faults are largely what make him or her likable. I like for narrators to be like the people I choose for friends, which is to say that they have a lot of the same flaws as I.  Preoccupation with self is good, as is a tendency toward procrastination, self-delusion, darkness, jealousy, groveling, greediness, addictiveness. They shouldn’t be too perfect; perfect means shallow and unreal and fatally uninteresting. I like for them to have a nice sick sense of humor and to be concerned with important things, by which I mean that they are interested in political and psychological and spiritual matters. I want them to be mentally ill in the same sorts of way s that I am; for instance, I have a friend who said one day,  ‘I could resent the ocean if I tried,’  and I realized that I love that in a guy.”

Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird

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