"Girls are not the photons that hit the corneas of boys. Regardless of your gender - regardless their gender, you do not exist to please someone else. You exist for your sake."
"You need a lover, John, I think.
Someone, I’d say, who’s fun to be with —
And, of course, vitamin C to eat —
And choose a richer lens to see with.
Reach for a vision more complete.
Trade in that zoom for a wide angle
Don’t let your drooping sunflower dangle
Its head upon the garden wall.
It needs some watering, that’s all…."
— The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth.
"When we parted, on the boulevard du Montparnasse, I leaned over to give her a kiss on the cheek. “If you do find paradise,” she said, turning to leave, “send me a grape.”"
— Imagine Paradise. Adam Leith Gollner is the author of The Book of Immortality, which received the Mavis Gallant Prize at the 2013 Quebec Writers’ Federation Awards.