“Alas”, said the mouse, “the world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when at last I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into”. “You only need to change your direction”, said the cat, and ate it up.
Laughing with Kafka (.pdf) by David Foster Wallace.
[via Consider the Lobster – I highly recommend the book for the depth with which it covers varied topics, but the writing is at times obnoxious]