When the Earth Disappears

by Richard Ford

Nothing in the world is as hopeful as knowing a woman you like is somewhere thinking about only you. Conversely, there is no badness anywhere as acute as the badness of no woman out in the world thinking about you. Or worse. That one has quit because of some bone-headedness on your part. It is like looking out an airplane window and finding the earth has disappeared. No loneliness can compete with that.


Richard Ford won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his 1995 novel Independence Day. His six sentences are taken from The Sportswriter, the Prizewinner's prequel.