Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.
Love had always issued out of the places that hurt the most.
A man’s only got so many yeses inside him before he uses them all up.
Chad seemed both venomous and insecure, a flammable combination.
I’ve never had anyone’s approval, so I’ve learned to live without it.
Fierce praying was a way of finding entrance and prologue into my own writing.
Music could ache and hurt, that beautiful music was a place a suffering man could hide.
Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.
A family is one of nature’s solubles; it dissolves in time like salt in rainwater.
The most powerful words in English are, “Tell me a story.
i was delighted I had offended her upholstered sensibilities.
The body’s a funny thing. It’s so full of surprises that it makes conventional wisdom seem silly.
Hurt is a great teacher, maybe the greatest of all.
He lived out his whole life as an anthem to the pleasures of a bad mood.
Writing poetry and reading books causes brain damage.
I can forgive almost any crime if a great story is left in its wake.