"You go to someone and you think, ‘I’ll tell him this.’ But why? The impulse is that the telling is going to relieve you. And that’s why you feel awful later - you’ve relieved yourself, and if it truly is tragic and awful, it’s not better, it’s worse - the exhibitionism inherent to a confession has only made the misery worse."
— American Pastoral by Philip Roth
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