When you love a woman, you love yourself, and it's terrible really, how it seems perfectly possible to swallow the other. With a man you want to join, you want your ribs to connect like handcuffs. But with a woman if you swallow, she becomes you.
The problem with being a modern woman, I thought, as the front door swung wide, is that you have to pretend to be stronger than you are.
When you write you have to reside in the unknown for as long as possible.
You’ll see, there are a million ways to kill off the soft parts of yourself.
I always think to myself, being human, having crushes now, what is it about that person that I really want? What do they represent? More freedom? Someone to care for me more? It's never really about the person.
I knew people want most what they pretend to hate, that it takes courage to say what you really want.
As a child I made a pact with my mother. I agreed that we were doomed, that she and I abided together in a cocoon of melancholy.
I knew you could find a certain relief in begging God, it had helped me, but on the other hand, God never answered directly and that was always depressing.
Maybe all spirits flew to Paris, not only French ones. Could you haunt a place you'd never been?
Everything was new, now I’m a junkie, I seem to need more severe doses of experience to feel anything.
I spent so much time as a child thinking what if I was a robot, what if my mind were somewhere else? As a kid you're in the middle of all that.
I think unknowing is the most important theological idea for me. Unlearning the things you think you know.
A good biography is the richest experience. When you watch a TV series together with someone is like being in a novel with them.
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