“She comes from the channels of a distant shore,
From the land of revolution and of Agincourt,
From the King’s blood stain on a tricolour,
And a culture a little too high for an English boy like me.”—"To Take You Home"
“Serious reading is hardly a social activity and every halfway serious reader is perpetually subject to a form of coitus interruptus. Family members or friends who lack the desire, the courage, or the opportunity to burst in on you when there’s some indication that you could be sexually entwined will seldom hesitate to interject themselves between you and a page, even though the act of reading is often as intimate and intense as a full-fledged carnal embrace.”—Tom Robbins (via fuckyeahtomrobbins)
“I think women are encouraged to be into sex, but we’re encouraged to be into sex in a very performative way, and we also aren’t supposed to be too excited about sex, because then we’re seen as “easy” or “slutty”. There’s nothing wrong with doing sexy things because you like looking sexy, but I think a lot of women feel as though we MUST look sexy in a certain way, and that’s really limiting and stifling. On the one hand, if we don’t seem to enjoy sex in this very performative way then we’re seen as “prudes”; at the same time, if we seem to enjoy sex too much then we’re seen as “sluts”. It’s a tightrope.”—Clarisse Thorn (Interview with a sex-positive feminist — Feministe)
“Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”—bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions (via learrningtoloveyoumore)
“Novelists think a lot about God … [because] we create whole worlds and we people them and then we tell the people what to do: We make them fall in love or fall out of windows. So there is that curiosity about God that I think all novelists have.”—On today’s Fresh Air, writer Scott Spencer talks about religion, chaos, prison writing, violence and defending others. (via nprfreshair)