• I suppose that a lifetime spent hiding one's erotic truth could have a cumulative renunciatory effect. Sexual shame is in itself a kind of death

    Alison Bechdel
  • It's our very capacity for self-consciousness that makes us self-destructive!

    Alison Bechdel
  • Psychoanalytic insight, Miller seems to suggest, is itself a pathological symptom

    Alison Bechdel
  • Gatsby's self-willed metamorphosis from farm boy to prince is many ways identical to my father's. Like Gatsby, my father fueled this transformation with the "colossal vitality of his illusion". Unlike Gatsby he did this on a school teacher's salary

    Alison Bechdel
  • Four years after my father's death, when the subject of parents came up in conversation i would relate the information in a flat, matter-of-fact tone eager to detect in my listener the flinch of grief that eluded me

    Alison Bechdel
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