Posts Tagged ‘Howard Jacobson’

All we mean by beauty

That aura of being unprotected and unguarded we love in infants or young lovers, as though they are in their milk skin still, waiting for the second layer to grow. Isn’t that, half the time, all we mean by beauty? A translucence of the flesh through which the quaking nakedness of our souls is visible.

Howard Jacobson, The Act of Love

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In the wordless quiet

There are men in whom the masochistic impulse takes the crudest forms. They want a woman to strike and abuse them, to spit in their faces, to thrash them like children. It was otherwise with me. Marisa’s knee would surely have been a fine place on which to take one’s punishment, but it was her mind I wanted to lie across. And there, in the wordless quiet, to wait for her to think her worst.

Howard Jacobson, The Act of Love

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Love hard enough

Love hard enough and you have access to all the pain you’ll ever want.

Howard Jacobson, The Act of Love

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