Cor Cordium (Latin): Heart of hearts.
A question I like to ask people is which fictional person would they like to have drinks with if they could; it's a spin on the classic question about having dinner with someone from history, but I believe it's a lot more telling and I'm less likely to get the same ten people over and over again. It also lets me know if they've read a book since high school.
If I were to be able to have drinks with a fictional person, I would have to say it would be Elio from Call Me By Your Name. (Truthfully, we'd probably end up getting trashed off of wine at his villa along the Italian seaside.) When I bought this book and before I started reading it, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I have never before experienced a character so close to myself, both in spirit and in where life took us. In so many ways, it felt more like reading my diary from when I was seventeen than reading a novel. As Elio thought about Oliver, I can't help but think about Elio: he's more myself than I am. The best way I know to describe it is that Elio is my ink-and-paper twin, with a similar personality and the same tendencies that I have either noticed in myself or that have been pointed out to me from others. It is a rare and beautiful thing to find someone who is made up of nothing but ink on paper, and yet feels more real than someone you have a chat with in a coffee shop; it is something I am doubtful to ever experience again, but I am glad to have experienced it, and I got this done yesterday to commemorate it. #callmebyyourname
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