Promiscuous Affections
A Life in The Bar, 1969-2000

Dancing boys
Kelly Remington's Sightlines

 "Bonaparte taught us that freedom lay in our fighting arm, but in the legend of the Holy Grail no one won it by force. It was Perceval, the gentle knight, who came to a ruined chapel and found what the others had overlooked, simply by sitting still.

"I think now that being free is not being powerful or rich or well regarded or without obligations but being able to love. To love someone else enough to forget about yourself even for one moment is to be free.

"The mystics and the churchmen talk about throwing off this body and its desires, being no longer a slave to the flesh. They don't say that through the flesh we are set free. That our desire for another will lift us out of ourselves more cleanly than anything divine."

Jeanette Winterson, in The Passion, 1987

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