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Reluctantly entering the real world, one heavy step at a time.

My favorite anything is always relative to the context of present time, place and mood. When I finish a book and want to immediately find another by the same author and no other, that author is elevated to my favorite. In the past, they have included: Louise Erdrich, Vladimir Nabokov, Javier Marías, Richard Ford, Ha Jin, Annie Proulx, Arthur Conan Doyle, F. Scott Fitzgerald, D. H. Lawrence, Jamaica Kincaid — many, many others.

Interview with Amy Tan 

The King asked his wise men for some single thing that would make him happy when he was sad, but sad when he was happy. They consulted and came back with a ring engraved with the message ‘This Too Will Pass.’

This anecdote is an almost perfect representation of instant karma: I did something bad, the universe caught me and promptly punished me.

Russell Brand, “My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up

One of my greatest pleasures in life is coining a mischievous phraseology that other people then have to accept as a linguistic fact. It’s exciting to be able to interrupt and alter language. It’s anarchic and subversive to lay dirty lingo eggs that people are going to have to say, then watch like a voyeuristic cuckoo as they hatch—“There, speak like that. Now, talk all stupid.”

Russell Brand, My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up

Elizabeth got a first glimpse of the United States from Windsor, Ontario, when she saw the skyline of the Motor City across the Detroit River.

Sally Bedell Smith, “Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

It’s difficult to convey the wonder and horror of LSD: most people who’ve taken it have at some time tried to document the events that take place while tripping; fancying themselves all Huxley, only to be confronted the next day with a piece of paper covered with the most frightful balderdash.

Russell Brand, “My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up

Original sin represents the attempt to explain why on Earth our ancestors ever accepted such a raw deal.

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha, “Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

And yet, despite repeated assurances that women aren’t particularly sexual creatures, in cultures around the world men have gone to extraordinary lengths to control female libido:
female genital mutilation, head-to-toe chadors, medieval witch burnings, chastity belts, suffocating corsets, muttered insults about “insatiable” whores, pathologizing, paternalistic medical diagnoses of nymphomania or hysteria, the debilitating scorn heaped on any female who chooses to be generous with her sexuality…
all parts of a worldwide campaign to keep the supposedly low-key female libido under control. Why the electrified high-security razor-wire fence to contain a kitty-cat?

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha, “Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

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