Something to Tell You by Hanif Kureishi

–                 ‘We travel with a corpse in our cargo.’ –Ibsen

–                Indeed, as La Rochefoucauld remarked on ghosts and love, ‘All talk of it, but none have seen it for certain.’

–                 People speak because there are things they don’t want to hear; they listen because there are things they don’t want to say.

–                Later, on my walk, I wondered why I had to suspicious of ‘normality’. The striking thing about the normal is that there is nothing normal’s about it: normality is the gentrification of ordinary madness – ask any Surrealist. In analysis ‘the normal child’ is often synonymous with the obedient good child, the one who only wants to please the parents and develops what Winnicott called ‘a false self’. According to Henry, obedience is one of the problems of the world, not the solution, as so many have thought. But couldn’t there be definition of the normal which didn’t equate it with the ordinary or uninspiring? Or which wasn’t coercive or ridiculously prim?

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