–luring me to a past that never was. This is the treachery of nostalgia. — Natasha Trethewey, from section 3 “Siren” in “Mythology,” Thrall: Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012)
I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane. ― George Orwell, 1984. (Signet Classic January 1, 1961) Originally published June 8th 1949.
Listen, there was a day before you were yourself. There will be a day after. This is what is called eternity. It’s the only thing we get to keep forever. —Tara Hardy, from “Day Before You Were Yourself,” My, My, My, My, My. (Write Bloody Publishing, November 15, 2016)