A Story in Quotes

You must change your life.

—Rilke. “Archaic Torso of Apollo”

I’ve changed, but I’m in pain.

—Morrissey, “Dial a Cliche”

You’ve caught me at a bad time, so why don’t you piss off.

—New Order, “Your Silent Face”

and then the time will come when you add up the numbers,

and then the time will come when you motor away

—Guided by Voices, “Motor Away”, Alien Lanes

I speak in monotone, “Leave my fucking life alone.”

—GBV, “As We Go Up We Go Down”, Alien Lanes


Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

She would of been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.

Afghan Whigs, “My Curse”, Gentlemen

And there’s blood on my teeth,

When I bite my tongue to speak.

Liz Phair, “Canary”, Exile in Guyville

it’s a lark

i’ve taken hard,

and i know i will carry with me

for a long, long time.