The difference between sex with David and sex with Stephen is like the difference between science and art. With Stephen it’s all empathy and imagination and exploration and the shock of the new, and the outcome is… uncertain, if you know what I mean. I’m engaged by it, but I’, mot necessarily sure what its all about. David, on the other hand, presses this button, then that one, and bingo! It’s like operating a lift – just as romantic, but actually just as useful.

For what it’s worth, I think perfect love stories have perfect disasters hidden somewhere. If a genuine relationship comes out of two people screwing before they saw the potential of the ‘relationship’? Its perfect, beautiful, a work of art in fact.. Normal is overrated.

You know, I’m not even sure how we ended up living together.”

“I am,” Jake said, turning back to the lake. “Sex. It’s a powerful force, my boy, and women use it.”

“Is that why you gave them up?” Will asked, sympathetically. “Did paranoia drive you to celibacy?

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