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The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1 by Anaïs Nin
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it was amazing

i like these much more than her novels. a beautiful woman. i love her notes about dreams. and one of my favorite quotes: "Anxiety is a woman screaming without a voice," paraphrased because my memory is terrible. ok i'm just going to list some quotes: "But this woman, who could undress at the request of any man, make love with anyone, go to orgies, act as a call girl in a professional house, this Beth told me she found it actually difficult to talk about sex!"
"Far below a rather pale nature, a subdued tropical life, lay a scenery of dreams, a dream born out of continuity impossible to an artist.
"(...) A dream from which all violence was absent.
"Here lay a dream entombed."
"The softer the velvet box, the deeper the rugs, the warmer the rooms, the greater the abundance of food, the more I miss what I have lost, the lonelier I feel."

...I haven't read this in years. I'm skimming through my used, worn copy now to see what I (and the previous owner) underlined. I forgot what it meant to me. Recommended for any woman who feels too deeply for her own good.
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