'Women must find their own answer. That's the important thing. I'm no longer interested in books about women written by men. Even if I could believe in their objectivity, I just can't find their opinions relevant. Now I will only believe what a woman has to say about women, because even if it's not entirely true, it's her struggle and she's on the way to the answer.
Many of you seek masculine approval. Even though you have inside you your way of talking and writing, you have mountains of it inside you, and even though it is enough to begin expressing yourselves so long as it is with your vocabulary, your abstractions, and your own conceptualization, I think you are still afraid of the master: men. Of their judgement. As long as you have this fear, you will not progress. I think the future belongs to women. Men have been completely dethroned. Their rhetoric is stale, used up. We must move on the rhetoric of women, one that is anchored in the organism, in the body.'
- Marguerite Duras
"Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality."
three cheers and a biscuit for Anais.
Hamilton Morris has a wonderful 20 min. video of his last encounter with the Shulgins at their residence in 2010.
"Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls."
- Anaïs Nin
"How long will this last, this delicious feeling of being alive, of having penetrated the veil which hides beauty and the wonders of celestial vistas? It doesn't matter, as there can be nothing but gratitude for even a glimpse of what exists for those who can become open to it."
-Alexander Shulgin, Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story
rest in peace
When Alexander the Great reached the River Ganges, he met a yogi.
"I have conquered the world," explained Alexander. "What can I do for you?"
"You can step out of my way," replied the ascetic.
"You're blocking my view of the sun."
- Sparrow, excerpt from "The Demise of Cool"
'In my opinion, we need more pounding in our culture.'
- Jeff Mills
'If you listen carefully, you can hear these things. If you look carefully, you'll see what you're after.'
'Truly happy memories always live on, shining. Over time, one by one, they come back to life.'
- Banana Yoshimoto
'Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.'
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie