"I really do care about these characters . . . I really can't say much about what I do and say, but my intentions live between the words I write. Trust me; they lie beyond these pages, in the head, across the universes of the mind . . ."
- The Author, Chapter IV "Fear"
“It’s BOREDOM. Tears have glued its eyes together,
you know it well, my Reader. This obscene
beast chain-smokes yawning for the guillotine--
you—hypocrite Reader—my double—my brother!”
-Les Flaeurs du mal, Charles Baudelaire