Gossip was like junk food: you ate it with a kind of fanatical glee, but then felt like shit when you realized you’d emptied the bag and your guts were now stuffed with lard. — Jonathan Carroll / BATHING THE LION
Human beings love the daytime because they love light; it’s where they flourish. Some say they prefer the night, but not most. Because night is when we let our guard down and are most vulnerable to the disturbing things—like doubt, sorrow, or regret. People *bruise* more easily at night.
During the day we’re busy with our lives and have little time to let our minds drift, wonder, or worry. But at night most people turn off their busy selves and rest. Or they go searching for things to keep themselves busy and diverted until the next day comes. By running into the night, we’re running away from it. — Jonathan Carroll / BATHING THE LION
Smells are unlike any other memories. They remain with us fully a hundred percent forever on some remote desert island of the mind where they keep the lowest profile. If they’re not shaken awake by something, they lie silent and still like sleeping dogs under the table. But once roused, they return as completely as the moment we first encountered them. — Jonathan Carroll / BATHING THE LION