“Neither abstinence nor indulgence explains anything. In the realm of sex, as in other realms, we speak of a norm - but the normal accounts for nothing more than what is true statistically, for the great mass of men and women. What may be normal, sane, healthful for the vast majority affords us no criterion of behaviour where the exceptional individual is concerned.”—Henry Miller’s The World of Sex
“We clutter the earth with our inventions, never dreaming that possibly they are unnecessary - or disadvantageous. We devise astounding means of communication, but do we communicate with another?”—Henry Miller’s The World of Sex
“You are not alone. You are instead lonely. There is loneliness as can exist only in the midst of numbers and numbers of people who don’t know you, who don’t care about you, who won’t let you care about them.”—James Simon Kunen’s The Strawberry Statement
“I’ve seen a ton on the facebooks about “thanking veterans for their service.” As a veteran let me just be very straightforward and honest with you. We didn’t “serve our country”; we don’t actually serve our brothers/sisters or our neighbors. We serve the interests of Capital. We never risked our lives or spent months on deployment away from our family and friends so they can have this abstract concept called “freedom”. We served big oil; big coal; Coca-Cola; Kellogg, Brown, and Root and all the other big Capital interests who don’t know a fucking thing about sacrifice. These people will never have to deal with the loss of a loved one or the physical and/or psychological scars that those who “serve”, and their families, have to deal with for the rest of their lives. The most patriotic thing someone can do is to tell truth to power and dedicate yourself to building power to overthrow these sociopathic assholes. I served with some of the most real and genuine people I’ve ever met. You’ll never see solidarity like the kind of solidarity you experience when your life depends on the person next to you. But most of us didn’t join for that; we joined because we were fucking poor and didn’t have many other options.”— An anti-capitalist veteran (via elitc)
1) Best way to make sure I’m not dead already. 2) It’ll throw off the last census. 3) They’re waiting on me down below to start the party. 4) They shoot horses, don’t they? 5) I’ll rise in the esteem of my peers. 6) I’ll no longer dread the millennium. 7) Just like Werther! They won’t call me ill-read anymore. 8) I’d make a fool of my cancer. 9) I’d make a liar of my horoscope. 10) To be my therapist’s ruin. 11) To get out of voting. 12) An infallible cure for baldness. 13) To make a fresh start! 14) Death ennobles: knighthood at last! 15) I’d feel less alone. 16) I’d be fêted next All Saints’ Day. 17) The cost of living rises, but death remains affordable. 18) Good way to find your roots. 19) Finally, a martial arts move I can manage. 20) To be green and fertilize the lawn. 21) To mark the day with a white stone. 22) Others could put my organs to better use. 23) To make way for youth. 24) At last, a starring role! 25) To take advantage of the exhibitionism inherent in dissection tables. 26) To taste the subtle delights of reincarnation. 27) The nightmare of leap years, over at last! 28) To give my body of work a moral dimension. 29) To make people think I’m honorable. 30) To turn this list into a last will and testament. 31) I’ll become a citizen of the world. 32) Euthanasia wasn’t made for dogs. 33) I’ll have the last word. 34) 67% of French people support the death penalty. 35) ‘Cause it’s a good way to quit smoking. 36) To simplify my duality: I’ll see things more clearly with only one of me left. 37) A deliverance less laborious than a delivery. 38) There’s nothing left to do. 39) I don’t want to aggravate my lack of social security. 40) To kill a Jew, like everyone else. 41) To join the silent majority. The real one. 42) To leave behind a widow simply bursting with youth. 43) I can’t live in worry now that my deodorant’s stopped working. 44) To dodge the general draft. 45) To preserve the mystery surrounding me. 46) To prove the neutron bomb can’t hurt me. 47) To lose weight without a diet, or even lifting a finger! 48) I insist on complying with the federal plan for staggered vacations. 49) I’m trying to spare someone else the unfortunate consequences of an assassination. 50) To save energy, coffee, and sugar. 51) So I won’t be ashamed to look in the mirror anymore. 52) What if I’m immortal? Might as well find out as soon as possible. 53) One less mouth to feed. 54) To prove to EVERYONE that I’m no coward. 55) To count how many people cry at my funeral. 56) To see, from the other side, if I’ve made it over. 57) Instead of tearing my gray hairs out one by one, might as well tear my head off all at once. 58) With a revolver: to be noisy after 10pm. 59) With gas: to savor the charms of that last cigarette. 60) By hanging: to turn an ordinary rope into a delightful good luck charm. 61) Under a train: to extend other people’s vacations. 62) With barbiturates: think I’ll sleep in tomorrow morning. 63) By electrocution: to shake things up a little. 64) By defenestration: to escape my fear of elevators. 65) I’ve heard death is an easy lay. I’m gonna have me some good times. 66) If I put my subscriptions on hold, I won’t miss a thing. 67) To be good with (tiny) animals. 68) To die the same year as Elvis. 69) To skip out on taxes. 70) To skip out on rent. 71) To stop snoring. 72) To come back in the wee hours and tug on my enemies’ feet. 73) To keep from ripping myself off as I get older, like de Chirico. 74) Because I’m an endangered species and no one is protecting me. 75) Because I’ve prepared a choice phrase for the final moment, and if I wait too long I’ll forget it. 76) To sever my umbilical cord once and for all. 77) To be the founder of a new style: Dead Art. 78) To watch the movie of my life at a very exclusive screening. 79) To see if there are any virgins left on the other side. 80) So they’ll deck me out when they lay me out. 81) Because I can’t wait to use the amusing epitaph I made up: GOOD RIDDANCE. 82) To see if paralytics will be healed on my tomb. 83) So the twentieth century will finally contain an important event. 84) To feast on the exquisite blood of young women, once I’m a vampire. 85) Because I’ve always wanted to speak a dead tongue. 86) So I can, quite strikingly, inform everyone of my position on suicide. 87) Because Paris just isn’t what it used to be. 88) Because Groucho Marx is dead. 89) Because I’ve read all the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 90) Because weather forecasts let me down. 91) So others will follow my example. 92) To start a revolution. 93) To prove my skill, if I don’t miss. 94) For a change of friends. 95) For a change of scene. 96) To be above the law. 97) Because a well-done suicide is worth more than an average lay. 98) So I won’t die at a hospital. 99) So my blood will make a nice stain on a canvas. 100) Because I’ve got 1,000 good reasons to hate myself
Some of these are incredibly convincing/hilarious.
“She is bizarre, fantastic, nervous, like someone in a high fever. Her beauty drowned me. As I sat before her, I felt I would do anything she asked of me. Henry suddenly faded. She was color and brilliance and strangeness. By the end of the evening I had extricated myself from her power. She killed my admiration by her talk. Her talk. The enormous ego, false, weak, posturing. She lacks the courage of her personality, which is sensual, heavy with experience. Her role alone preoccupies her. She invents dramas in which she always stars. I am sure she creates genuine dramas, genuine chaos and whirlpools of feelings, but I feel that her share in it is a pose. That night, in spite of my response to her, she sought to be whatever she felt I wanted her to be. She is an actress every moment. I cannot grasp the core of June. Everything Henry has said about her is true.I wanted to run out and kiss her fantastic beauty and say: “June, you have killed my sincerity too. I will never know again who I am, what I am, what I love, what I want. Your beauty has drowned me, the core of me. You carry away with you a part of me reflected in you. When your beauty struck me, it dissolved me. Deep down, I am not different from you. I dreamed you, I wished for your existence. You are the woman I want to be. I see in you that part of me which is you. I feel compassion for your childlike pride, for your trembling unsureness, your dramatization of events, your enhancing of the loves given to you. I surrender my sincerity because if I love you it means we share the same fantasies, the same madnesses.”—Anais Nin (sleepingtigers) (via clavicola)
“Not just any talk is conversation; not any talk raises consciousness. Good conversation has an edge: it opens your eyes to something, quickens your ears. And good conversation reverberates: it keeps on talking in your mind later in the day; the next day, you find yourself still conversing with what was said. That reverberation afterward is the very raising of consciousness; your mind’s been moved. You are at another level with your reflections.”—James Hillman (via shaktilover)