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Narcopolis Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
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“You've got to face facts and the fact is life is a joke, a fucking bad joke, or, no, a bad fucking joke. There's no point taking it seriously because whatever happens, and I mean whatever the fuck, the punch line is the same: you go out horizontally. You see the point? No fucking point.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
tags: life
“Then there are the addicts, the hunger addicts, the rage addicts, the poverty addicts , and power addicts, and the pure addicts who are addicted not to substances but to the oblivion and the tenderness the substances engender. An addict, if you don't mind me saying so, is like a saint. What is a saint but someone who has cut himself off, voluntarily, from the world's traffic and currency.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
“Women are more evolved biologically and emotionally, that’s well known
and it’s obvious. But they confuse sex and the spirit; they don’t
separate. Men, as you know, always separate: they separate
their human and dog natures.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
tags: man, woman
“I found Bombay and opium, the drug and the city, the city of opium and the drug Bombay”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
“How will the ships navigate
without stars? And then he remembered that the stars were
dead, long dead, and the light they shed was not to be trusted,
was false, if not an outright lie, and in any case was inadequate,
unequal to its task, which was to illuminate the evil that men did.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
tags: stars
“We're waiting for a glance or a word, some acknowledgement that we are here.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
“My religion is no way of knowing me.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
“He told Dimple that childhood was a kind of affliction, certainly physical and possibly mental. Children were at a hopeless disadvantage; they were unsuited for the world. They were short and ungainly and stupid, half-people, dwarf bundles of ectoplasm and shit, stunted organisms incapable of finding food and keeping their asses clean. They needed constant attention annd they couldn't communicate their needs. All they could do was wait for it to pass, years of waiting until the blight was gone.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
“He said he'd teach her the important things, starting with the most important thing of all, the correct way to make tea and rice, so tea wasn't overbrewed and the rice wasn't overcooked. He said: You want to make food forget Indian way. Indian's system is like American system, everything overdone. They have no subtle. He sent her to buy octopus. She brought the tentacles home in a bag of ice and cut them into thin slices, at a sharp angle. She put the sliced octopus in a saucepan with ginger and green onions and added a black bean paste. He told her to touch the octopus to the flame and serve. But she let the dish cook for a good five minutes until the flesh was tough and rubbery. You overdid, he told her. Old Chinese saying, you don't need take off your pant to fart.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
“Because now there's time enough not to hurry, to light the lamp and open the window to the moon and take a moment to dream of a great and broken city, because when the day starts its business I'll have to stop, these are night-time tales that vanish in the sunlight like vampire dust”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
“you've got to face facts and the fact is life is a joke, a fucking bad joke, or, no, a bad fucking joke.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
tags: life
“He read because it gave him instant gratification in a way nothing else did,and as was the case with all addicts,gratification was the important thing.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
“He talks in proverbs. There’s nothing I can say in reply.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
“So when Carl said, Why do you take drugs? she told him what she thought, told him the truth because the least such a question deserved was a real answer. She said, Oh, who knows, there are so many good reasons and nobody mentions them and the main thing nobody mentions is the comfort of it, how good it is to be a slave to something, the regularity and the habit of addiction, the fact that it's an antidote to loneliness, and the way it becomes your family, gives you mother love and protection and keeps you safe.”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
“The world is on fire; time is a bomb.
Ten thousand years are not enough
When so much remains to be done”
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis
tags: time