“ There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don't fit into their box are weird. But I'll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance. ”
“ Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone - and finding that that's ok with them. ”
“ You get lonely, is what it is. A person's not supposed to go through life with absolutely nobody. It's not normal. The longer you go by yourself the weirder you get, and the weirder you get the longer you go by yourself. It's a loop and you gotta do something to get out of it. ”
“ Well, writing novels is incredibly simple: an author sits down…and writes.
Granted, most writers I know are a bit strange.
Some, downright weird.
But then again, you’d have to be.
To spend hundreds and hundreds of hours sitting in front of a computer screen staring at lines of information is pretty tedious. More like a computer programmer. And no matter how cool the Matrix made looking at code seem, computer programmers are even weirder than authors. ”
“ I am a Smedry, and we do ridiculous, unexpected, eccentric things like this all the time! Ha-ha! ”
“ We read the weird tales in newspapers to crowd out the even weirder stuff inside us. ”
“ But why?" Vimbai whispered, overwhelmed with the weight of accumulated disbelief. "What is happening to us?"
"Who knows?" Maya shrugged. "Who cares? Enjoy it while you can, why don't you? There will be tons of boring shit in your life, okay? I promise. ”
“ Doesn't seem quite real. It's not meaningful. I can't quite imagine myself being 73. That's the age my father was! [Laughter.] How can I be his age? It's weird. ”
“ Latent brain functions can be enabled by force majeure
when we are facing the weirdness of an unknown reality. ”
“ Perhaps it's understandable to be more jaded on one's second exposure to something strange. ”
“ That was the trouble with the supernatural, Vimbai thought--you didn't know what laws ruled it, and what was a coincidence and what was a sign and what was weird and what wasn't. It was like a whodunit, only the clues refused to be arranged into any sort of hierarchy or a straight narrative, and most of the time it wasn't even clear if they indeed were clues; a jigsaw puzzle where all the pieces were blank. ”