From then on, we were simply different people. Not new people; different.
All those happy, pretty, successful people- he hated them because he knew they didn’t really exist, and he hated even more the magazine that glorified them and in a way that made them exist, actors, rock musicians, famous writers, politicians. Those aren’t people, he fumed, they’re photographs.
Lists of books we re-read and books we can’t finish tell more about us than about the relative worth of the books themselves
A tattoo does that, it makes you think about your body like it’s this special suit that you can put on or take off whenever you want and a new name if it’s cool enough does the same thing. To have both at once is power. It’s the kind of power as all those superheroes who have secret identities get from being able to change back and forth from one person into another. No matter who you think he is, man, the dude is always somebody else.
One hates a person for the same reason one loves him
When you are a long way from where you think you belong, you will attach yourself to people you would otherwise ignore or even dislike.