Selections from the index to Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe by ANDREW BOYD, a collection of the wisdom of the apocryphal Brother Void

abyss 91
  diving into 78
  gazing into xix
bitch
  drunken, moody son-of-a 9
catastrophe 93
  total 41
cheerfulness
  premature 81
crisis
  deeper into 13
  existential 99
  no way back from 13
darkness xv, xvii, 84, 85, 97
  ensnared in 22
  heart of 10
  path of 50
death xix, xx, xxiii, xxv, 33, 47, 85, 91, 99
  denial of xxiii
  facing it now 82
  moment of 84
  nearness to 100
  presence of xxii, 81, 92
  ultimate triumph of 81
emptiness xxviii, 85
  37,000 foot chasm of 68
failure xviii, 5, 49
  life ending in 47
  preemptive approach to 52
  seductive appeal of 49
faith
  lapse of 62
  loss of 66
friends
  self-absorbed 61
goods
  damaged 27
hatred 37, 58, 92
  fine-grained 57
  of self 58
heart
  yours, bludgeoned 41
inner bigot xv, 58, 92
inner corpse xix, xxiii, 81, 84, 92
  embrace of 81
  struggle to exhume 81
inner critic xv, 14, 92
inner fanatic 92
inner psychopath xv, 93
  opening up to 20
life
  bad dream of 5
  confusing mess of 70
  end of 82
  yours, worthless 6
living
  a great lie 81
  on the edge 50
  with death 85
loss 13, 22, 40, 49, 85
  of enthusiasm 52
  of faith 99
  of health benefits 50
moment
  final, yours 84
nightmare
  coming true 57
oblivion
  one step from 68
  pushing yourself into 82
  temporarily deferred 82
pain xv, 37, 40, 42, 49, 70, 91
  deep well of 22
sabotage
  industrial 48
  self 14
sex
  to relieve tension 38
  with liquor 31
suffering xv, xviii, xxvi, 19, 47
the edge
  living on it 50
unknown
  fears of 23
void xxiv, xxvi, xxvii, 91, 99
world
  worst possible 57
  yours, cut asunder 78

© 2002 by Andrew Boyd. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. www.dailyafflictions.com

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