Tuesday, November 27, 2018

ON VOLUNTARY (MORE OR LESS) CELIBACY




"Impossible--not even conceivable--that a Muslim, on making the mandatory, once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca, could be disappointed. That is the essential difference between religious and secular pilgrimage: the latter always has the potential to disappoint."

--Geoff Dyer, White Sands, from the chapter, "Where? What? Where?" p.15

"Maybe men like [builder of the Watt Towers Simon] Rodia have to exist in a state of something like sustained desperation, to be devoid of other options, even the most common one of all: the support of a marriage, happy or otherwise. 'Those with "something to fall back on" invariably fall back on it,' writes David Mamet. 'They intended to all along. That is why they provided themselves with it. But those with no alternative see the world differently.'."

--Geoff Dyer, White Sands, from the chapter, "The Ballad of Jimmy Garrison," p.199


A PILGRIMAGE THROUGH HUNTINGTON GARDENS

2 comments:

  1. I have become celibate. I don't know if I will be this way forever. But it's freeing. And I find I have so much more free time. I love your blog and books.

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    1. Thanks for checking in! As usual, I'm not sure whether I'm in radical acceptance of "what is" or am willfully, if subconsciously, keeping the world at bay...on the whole, I THINK acceptance...

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