inspirational quote of poor parenting

Because the enormous narcissism of their parents deprived Will and Tom of suitable role models, both brothers learned to identify with absence. Consequently, even if something beneficial fortuitously entered their lives they immediately treated it as temporary. By the time they were teenagers they were already accustomed to a discontinuous lifestyle marked by constant threats of abandonment and the lack of any emotional stability. Unfortunately, “accustomed to” here is really synonymous with “damaged by.

― Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

inspirational quote of things my clients will probably be saying about me one day.

What can I say, I’m a sucker for abandoned stuff, misplaced stuff, forgotten stuff, any old stuff which despite the light of progress and all that, still vanishes every day like shadows at noon, goings unheralded, passings unmourned, well, you get the drift.
As a counselor once told me -a counselor for Disaffected Yought, I might add: “You like that crap because it reminds you of you.” Couldn’t of said it better or put it more bluntly. Don’t even disagree with it either.

-Mark Z Danielewski, House of Leaves

of Questionable Clinical Value


I read non-stop, and my reading material is…eclectic, to say the least. I found this one in  the philosophy section.

Choice Quotes:

“Self-aggrandizing asshole with thin moral pretext.”

“To see this, consider why we swear out loud at the asshole in traffic.”

“When we are at risk for being exploited, we can at least take ourselves out of the asshole’s way.”

It has also usefully confirmed my (extremely negative) opinion of Flaubert, which felt pretty good.