Isn’t desire always the same, whether the object is present or absent? Isn’t the object always absent?
— Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments
In short, a word can be erotic on two opposing conditions, both excessive: if it is extravagantly repeated, or on the contrary, if it is unexpected, succulent in its newness… In both cases, the same physics of bliss, the groove, the inscription, the syncope: what is hollowed out, tamped down, or what explodes, detonates.
Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text
God damn it, there are nice things in the world- and I mean nice things. We’re all such morons to get so sidetracked.
— J.D. Salinger, Franny & Zooey