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Thomas Ligotti
“one must take into account the shocking fact that we live on a world that spins. After considering this truth, nothing should come as a surprise.”
Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror

Yukio Mishima
“The special quality of hell is to see everything clearly down to the last detail.”
Yukio Mishima, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Kurt Vonnegut
“Life is no way to treat an animal.”
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

John Berger
“A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself. Whilst she is walking across a room or whilst she is weeping at the death of her father, she can scarcely avoid envisaging herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually. And so she comes to consider the surveyor and the surveyed within her as the two constituent yet always distinct elements of her identity as a woman. She has to survey everything she is and everything she does because how she appears to men, is of crucial importance for what is normally thought of as the success of her life. Her own sense of being in herself is supplanted by a sense of being appreciated as herself by another....

One might simplify this by saying: men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is male: the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object -- and most particularly an object of vision: a sight.”
John Berger, Ways of Seeing

Lionel Shriver
“Yet if there's no reason to live without a child, how could there be with one? To answer one life with a successive life is simply to transfer the onus of purpose to the next generation; the displacements amounts to a cowardly and potentially infinite delay. Your children's answer, presumably, will be to procreate as well, and in doing so to distract themselves, to foist their own aimlessness onto their offspring.”
Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

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