by Orhan Pamuk To the woman in the blue dress: “Let me first state forthright that contrary to what we’ve often read in books and heard from preachers, when you are a woman, you don’t feel like the Devil. by Martin Amis When a clear sense of foreboding conquers all: “You know how it is when two souls meet in a burst of ecstatic volubility, with hearts tickling to hear and to tell, to know everything, to reveal everything, the shared reverence for the other’s otherness, a feeling of solitude radiantly snapped by full contact — all that? by Raymond Carver When you are the last man at a bar, talking to the last sympathetic woman: “We were so intimate once upon a time I can’t believe it now. Hopefully, your admirer does: “She would lift her .” 27. “Tonka” by Robert Musil When you think coming clean about your anxiety will get you through the difficult parts: “You see how wrong I go, how ridiculous I’m making myself in your eyes by keeping on guessing wrong like this! Riccardo G.’s profile on Couch Surfing.com, the website that partners intrepid wanderers with willing hosts, notes that he lives in the “best neighborhood to go out and have drinks,” that he offers a “cozy/clean/nice sofa/couch” and that he’ll even let you bring your “small dog, if you just can’t live without him.” He describes himself as “amazing, outgoing, funny, smart” and says his interests include friends, eating, drinking, the gym and puppies.
Nowhere does the profile state explicitly that if you are an attractive female traveler, you might skip the couch entirely and wind up in Riccardo’s bed, but it’s a good possibility.In eight months using the service, Riccardo, who is 32 and works for an ad agency, has let eight visitors crash at his apartment, of whom he’s hooked up with five, for a 62 percent “success rate.” If you count the additional two who climbed into bed with him for a cuddle and then fell asleep, the percentage climbs even higher.(Riccardo and other Couchsurfing users quoted in this article asked to be identified by pseudonyms.) On the business front, the crowdsourced hospitality site has been experiencing a rough patch lately. Inevitably all of us will be crushed by disappointment from time to time when a chosen paramour rejects us with a single, cutting remark.However, we are almost certain here at Flavorpill that having a background in literature will work in your favor, whether you find yourself pining at a bar, a café, or at an awkward house party filled with graduate students clutching red plastic cups — their eyes glazing over as another person enters the throng and attempts to discuss his thesis on Levinas’s idea of irreducible relations. Lawrence When you’re encouraging the flame: “Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.” 3.
Rally against this stagnation, readers, and use the quotes below to find love… by Oscar Wilde Best way of cutting to the chase: “The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.” 2. by Jeanette Winterson Get ready to test adulterous waters: “I used to think marriage was a plate-glass window just begging for a brick.” 6.
“Don Juan” by Lord Byron For the shy ones, sitting in the room downstairs: “A little she strove, and much repented, And whispering, ‘I will ne’er consent’ — consented.” 7.
“Bright Star” by John Keats Who is able to resist Keats’ spell?
If anyone can, you shouldn’t be interested in them anyway: “Pillowed upon my fair love’s ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever — or else swoon in death.” 8.
by Yukio Mishima When you suddenly realize your kendo teacher is thinking of molding more of your body than your mind: “I seemed like a baby bird keeping its truly innocent animal lusts hidden under its wing. by Nicole Krauss When honesty is the best policy: “Are you happiest and saddest right now that you’ve ever been? ” “Because nothing makes me happier and nothing makes me sadder than you.” 30.
I was being tempted, not by the desire of possession, but simply by unadorned temptation itself.” 9. I can’t imagine ever being that intimate with somebody else. “First Love” by Isaac Babel Who enjoys saucy French words? “Fireworks” by Richard Ford When you need to switch identities: “I realized I loved you, and I didn’t want to be married to somebody I didn’t love. Pussy, King of the Pirates by Kathy Acker For the post-punk, French critical theory set: “If you ask me what I want, I’ll tell you.