I've decided to create a new category, one which will house various excerpts and quotes which I feel might strike a chord with readers of Syntax of Things, or at the very least have some importance to me and the mood or atmosphere that surrounds my life at the moment I come across the quote/excerpt.
To initiate this category in a fine fashion, here's an excerpt from Steve Erickson's Our Ecstatic Days:
I read him this book called I Am a Little Monkey. There's one part where the mommy monkey cleans the little monkey by picking the bugs off him like monkeys do, and every time I get to that part I pinch him allover like I'm picking the bugs off him. Now whenever I get to that part of the book Kirk scampers to the other side of my bed with Kulk to get away, knowing what's coming. Are you a monkey, I say and he says, "No I'm not a monkey!" Are you a boy? and he answers, "Yes I'm a boy!" except last time. Last time I said, Are you a boy? and he said, "No please!" and puzzled I said then what are you? and he answered
I'm a Bright Light.
What are the odds? I mean: ever, you know? what are the odds. While populations unleashed in a stream of semen, whole Indias exploding in my womb...so what are the odds what kind of kid you'll wind up with? How many millions of sperm are there in the white whisper of a cock, and if one happens to meet up with the waiting egg, it's one kind of kid, and if another, then it's another. Conceive at ten o'clock and you get a psycho. Conceive at 10:01 and you get a Bright Light.