Jun. 15th, 2016 04:57 pm
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"There were two moons again that night, both two days past full. Aomame had a glass of brandy in one hand as she stared at the pair of moons, big and small, as if at an unsolvable puzzle. The more she looked, the more enigmatic the combination felt to her. If only she could ask the moon directly, "How did you suddenly come by this little green companion of yours?"! But the moon would not favor her with a reply.

... Aomame raised her glass to the moon and asked, "Have you gone to bed with someone in your arms lately?"
The moon did not answer.
"Do you have any friends?" she asked.
The moon did not answer.
"Don't you get tired of always playing it cool?"
The moon did not answer."

~ Haruki Murakami, in 1Q84


Jan. 2nd, 2016 07:49 pm
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"One shouldn't be too sentimental about love... Most of what people call love... could just as well be with someone else. Love is a very practical arrangement, as I can hear, and that's fine in its way. But the greater that people fit together, and the greater the risks one is willing to take, the fewer options there are. I can't explain it, but it's the same with my profession; I couldn't have been something very different - there are few or no alternatives. That's how it was with Stina and me. It's like a performance that got interrupted while it was still at the beginning, and twenty-four thousand tickets have been sold in advance, and I have a responsibility to the spectators. The spectators are all those parts of me, and of her, that want to have each other; it's not just the inner prince and princess, but also the inner dwarfs, the cripples, the naughty inner children. They sit waiting because they know it has been decided that this performance should be completed. It was commissioned higher up. I feel that somewhere outside the usual pettiness, a contract has been written, and it needs to be fulfilled"

- Kasper Krone, world-renowned clown with exceptional powers of hearing, in The Quiet Girl by Peter Høeg


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