From After Hours (1985):
MARCY On our wedding night -- I was a virgin -- well...when we made love...you've seen the film, haven't you? PAUL "The Wizard of Oz"? MARCY Yes. PAUL Yes, I've seen it. MARCY Well...when we made love... whenever he...you know...when he came...right at the moment of...orgasm...he would just scream out: "Surrender Dorothy!" That's all, just "Surrender Dorothy!" I mean, you know, instead of moaning or saying "Oh, God" or something normal like that... PAUL Wow... MARCY I mean, you know...it was pretty creepy, and I told him I thought so but he couldn't stop. I mean, he said he didn't even realize it, can you imagine?? So I just broke the whole thing off.
From David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (p. 17):
It's cost me every sexual relationship I ever had. I don't know why I do it. I'm not a political person, I don't consider myself. I'm not one of those America First, read the newspaper, will Buchanan get the nod people. I'll be doing it with some girl, it doesn't matter who. It's when I start to come. That it happens... ..."Victory for the Forces of Democratic Freedom!" Only way louder. As in really shouting it. Uncontrollably. I'm not even thinking it until it comes out and I hear it.
There is a bright and tiny joy from finding connections between works you love, whether or not they’re intentional.1 I wonder if Wallace ever saw After Hours.
I hereby commission a German to coin a word for that feeling. ↩
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