Madness is like intelligence, you know. You can’t explain it. Just like intelligence. It comes on you, it fills you, and then you understand it. But when it goes away you can’t understand it at all any longer.
I realised that things are pretty good right now and although I know there will always be the trials and tribulations which accompany life - today I just say “Phew”.
Certain kinds of knowledge rob people of their sleep.
— Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (387)
A curtain of stars, miles of them, are scattered, glowing, across the sky and their multitude humbles me, which I have a hard time tolerating. She shrugs and nods after I say something about forms of anxiety. It’s as if her mind is having a hard time communicating with her mouth, as if she is searching for a rational analysis of who I am, which is, of course, an impossibility: there… is… no… key.
Bret Easton Ellis
(from American Psycho. Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial classic was banned in Canada in 1991 following its publication, and was described as being, “pure trash, as scummy and mean as anything depicts…”)
Banned Books Week