Nabokov’s Lolita is one of the most wonderfully written books. Obviously, it’s a scandalous viewpoint on love, and I don’t know how to say this without it coming out wrong, but I always saw the main character as a romantic. Maybe that’s because I have a very perverse side that I’m comfortable with. Maybe that’s why I’m sometimes misconstrued. I was 16 when I first read it, and I liked it instantly, as much for the story as for the way it was written—the way he describes the dust in the rays of sunlight in a room, the way he could paint a picture with his words.
Some people are born into light, and some into darkness. When light meets darkness, what happens? Does the light dim, or shine brighter? Maybe, a bright spark, a blinding explosion, as the light gets sucked into the darkness, never to shine again?
Lower-income people tend to be “hoarders” and richer people are able to do more “minimalist” living spaces. if u don’t have much, you will hold onto any little thing that comes across your way. you got a new tv, but you still keep the old tv because you know things can break. you keep extra boxes of macaroni and cheese lying around because there will be a week when you don’t have money for groceries. you hold onto your stacks of books and clothes for dear life. those are your assets. physical evidence of where your money’s gone. it’s hard to get rid of it. the bare wall is terrifying when you don’t have much.
— In Buddhism, it is believed that you will achieve “salvation” when you can let go of everything you own and everything you care about. It is also believed that the rich “earned” their riches from their karma.