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The Impossible Object

Published on Saturday January 24th, 2009

The romantic love story is a paradoxical fusion of two extraordinarily potent messages. The first is that love, deep connection, is the most important, indeed the only truly important matter in the world. And the second is that true love cannot exist in this world.

–Terry Real

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