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"Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of the other place." (Susan Sontag)


Wahrscheinlich ist es für Menschen, die in einem bestimmten sozialen System gelebt und es zu etwas gebracht haben, unmöglich, sich in die Perspektive solcher zu versetzen, die von diesem System nie etwas zu erwarten hatten und einigermaßen unerschrocken auf seine Zerstörung hinarbeiten.

("Unterwerfung" - Michel Houellebecq, S.48)

Security measures

He's relieved that the security measures here don't extend to a fingerprint or iris scanner, and he remembers Isaac's proposal for a biometric identification system which required the user to perform thirty seconds of oral sex on an androgynous piezo-electric tubercle, on the basis that any given individual's precise oral sex technique is both unique and impossible to teach or imitate.

(Glow by Ned Beauman, p.119)

Folk medicine

I came a couple of times, so my brain's fall full of oxytocin - plus you wouldn't leave my nipples alone, which was, you know, nice, but that means even more oxytocin - and that'll make me want to pair-bond with you and then, like, cry when you don't call. But alcohol messes with hormone release from the hypothalamus and the pituitary. So if I drink something neurotoxic right after we fuck, I don't bond with you so much. It's folk medicine, I guess, but I kind of trust it.

(Glow by Ned Beauman, p.40)


"History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme."

Teenage years

"Your teenage years are just the Free Trial of life's paid subscription plan." (source)

George Carlin

"Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity." (George Carlin)