“I realize we can never predict when these few special moments occur, she says, how if we hadn't met, I wouldn't be standing on a bridge watching a fire, and how there are certain people – not that many – who enter one’s life with the power to make these moments happen. Maybe that’s what falling in love means, the power to create for each other the moments by which we define ourselves.”
- Stewart Dybek, from the excellent “Paper Lantern,” collected in The Best American Short Stories 1996.
I listened to it via an excellent New Yorker fiction podcast, as read by ZZ Packer.
Review: The New Yorker Fiction Podcasts