I don’t see the cliche “Psychologists would have a field day” much anymore, which makes me wonder: is it still a cliche? A dated phrase? Or would it now feel like a new observation? Anyway, if Arkerra had psychologists as such, and if Best were anything like honest with them, they would have a field day with his “weird place” and what it might say about his ability to have intimacy with– anybody, really.

As I mentioned here, Best does have some fairly well-hidden psychological scars from his upbringing. They don’t excuse everything, but they do explain some things.

Having written a memoir of my own by now, I gotta say you have to admit to at least most of your embarrassing vulnerabilities if you’re going to be able to look people in the eye and say “this is my life story” afterward. It’s not for the squeamish, and that’s a particular kind of courage Best doesn’t have yet. He’ll gain it, but not until the last few chapters.