“A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment .”
— Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
“Today darling I am rising
from the lavender bathtub
of self-loathing. I don’t take drugs
to shut up I take off
my pants when I get home
and I stay there, red cup full
of cigarettes from heaven, ghosts
of all my friends between my toes.
I imagine them pouring vodka all over
each other wearing glitter.
The vision is closing in like a tight dress.”
— Morgan Parker, from “Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night,” published in The Offending Adam