"Apuleius seeks to establish a distinction between healthy curiosity, which seeks knowledge of the true reality by intellectual effort and religious experience, and the debased curiosity which seeks a false reality by way of magic and sensuality." PG Walsh, in Preface to Apuleius, The Golden Ass----
"The show is over, and the monkey's dead," Carson McCullers, Member of the Wedding----
"The journey toward real self-knowledge is the painstaking reclaiming of our own virginity." Cynthia Bourgeault, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene----
"The glib, talking-head culture distances us from raw suffering and depletes us of an immediate sense of what is real on the earth." Lindsay Clarke, The Water Theatre----
Fermin: "This business of courtship is like a tango: absurd and pure embellishment. But you're the man, and you must take the lead."
Daniel: "The lead? Me?"
Fermin: "What do you expect? One has to pay some price for being able to piss standing up." Carlos Ruiz Zafron, The Shadow of the Wind----
"So may the outward shows be least themselves, the world is still deceived with ornament....In a word, 'tis the seeming truth which cunning times put on to entrap the wisest." Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice----
"Though like a road
That men pass over
My body makes no moan
But sings on." William Butler Yeats, Crazy Jane On God----
The Gravity Of Birds by Tracy Guzeman
Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
My novel The Madonna Model is with readers.