I used to think of my body as an instrument, of pleasure, or a means of transportation, or an implement for the accomplishment of my will.
("The Handmaid's Tale")
More Quotes from Margaret Atwood:Wall me up alive
in my own body.
Sex is like a drink, it's bad to start brooding about it too early in the day.
He's very in depth, on the dark side. He's interested in structure and how things work. After reading his books you can't just be a tourist in those places, only seeing the sunny side.
Arboreal, a fine word. Our arboreal ancestors, Crake used to say. Used to shit on their enemies from above while perched in trees. All planes and rockets and bombs are simply elaborations on that primate instinct.
Nothing changes instantaneously: in a gradually heating bathtub you'd be boiled to death before you knew it.
I would like to believe this is a story I'm telling. I need to believe it. I must believe it. Those who can believe that such stories are only stories have a better chance. If it's a story I'm telling, then I have control over the ending. Then there will be an ending, to the story, and real life will come after it. I can pick up where I left off.
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