Fear of Flying

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Fear of Flying (1973) by Erica Jong


  • Underneath it all, you longed to be annihilated by love...
  • Each one an antidote to the one that went before. Each one a reaction, an about-face, a rebound.
    • (About Men)
  • The zipless fuck is absolutely pure. It is free of ulterior motives. There is no power game . The man is not "taking" and the woman is not "giving." No one is attempting to cuckold a husband or humiliate a wife . No one is trying to prove anything or get anything out of anyone. The zipless fuck is the purest thing there is. And it is rarer than the unicorn. And I have never had one.
  • Pregnancy seemed like a tremendous abdication of control. Something growing inside you which would eventually usurp your life.
  • I'm just trying to lead my own fucking life if I can manage to find it in all this confusion.
  • Dancing is like fucking... it doesn't matter how you look - just concentrate on how you feel.
  • I want you. I want you. I want you. Anything to avoid saying: I love you.
  • The ultimate sexist put-down: the prick which lies down on the job.
  • Silence is the bluntest of blunt instruments.
  • I'm very dependant. I fall apart regularly.
  • Sheer bitchiness can be a sort of style.
  • It's only when you're forbidden to talk about the future that you suddenly realize how much the future normally occupies the present.
  • Exceptional people are often called crazy by the ordinary world.
  • Everyone's a little crazy when you get inside their head... it's only a matter of degree.


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