“Suppose that the prohibition on the knowledge of good and evil were an expression of jealous cruelty, and the gaining of such knowledge an act of virtue? Suppose the Fall should be celebrated and not deplored? As I played with it, my story resolved itself into an account of the necessity of growing up, and a refusal to lament the loss of innocence. […] Innocence is not wise, and wisdom cannot be innocent, and if we are going to do any good in the world, we have to leave childhood behind.”—Philip Pullman on the genesis of His Dark Materials, in his introduction to John Milton’s Paradise Lost (via en-gallop)
“Boys like physical contact. If you enjoy physical companionship, romance, something tender, you just want it to be true. That’s Libertine-ism: no barriers, no borders, no fakers, no forgers. Pleasure is pleasure.”—Peter Doherty (via theghostwhodreams)
"I want you to spend the night," you said. And it was definitely your phrasing that ensured it. If you had said, "Let’s have sex," or "Let’s go to my place," or even "I really want you," I’m not sure we would have gone quite as far as we did. But I loved the notion that the night was mine to spend, and I immediately decided to spend it on you.