I do have one regret though. I wish Kathy Acker was still alive. I wish I could go swim with her again. My literary indebtedness to her is enormous. She's a more important mother to me than anyone can possibly imagine. In language I became a daughter worth a crap because of her. In language I redefined daughter, woman, I became a writer. Dora is an homage of sorts.
The best medicine that a person can have is the knowledge and experience that he can swim through every tide and change of the time. If you have the mental competency to deal with every situation that arises, then you are very happy, very healthy and a very well-balanced person.
You do not attain to knowledge by remaining on the shore and watching the foaming waves, you must make the venture and cast yourself in, you must swim, alert and with all your force, even if a moment comes when you think you are losing consciousness; in this way, and in no other, do you reach anthropological insight.
You know you're smarter than all of them, right?" Hale said flatly. "In fact, if you wanted to PROVE it. . . " He glanced at the blackjack tables. Simon shook his head. "I don't count cards, Hale. " "Don't?" Hale smiled. "Or won't? You know, technically, it's not illegal. " "But it's frowned upon. " Sweat beaded at Simon's brow. He sounded like someone had just suggested he swim after eating. . . run with scissors. . . "It is SERIOUSLY frowned upon.