Our Young Man Quotes.

1. "Guy thought of the Greek word agon, wasn’t it at once an athletic contest and a style of suffering, an agony?"
- Edmund White, Our Young Man

2. "You’re universally liked because you’re such a black hole in space. You don’t have any real traits. You’re sympa, at least as much as a narcissist can be, but that means nothing. You’re beautiful and everybody projects onto you what they’re looking for, which is easy to do since you don’t stand for anything definite. You’re a black hole in space."
- Edmund White, Our Young Man

3. "You say that you don’t care about age and that you’re ready to push the wheelchair and hose down my bum, but how can you be sure?"
- Edmund White, Our Young Man

4. "You are the Perfect Young Man: honest, clean, virile."
- Edmund White, Our Young Man

5. "He’d lived so much of his life for sexual love, which was a filthy thing, really, all that saliva and semen and anal smears, filthy! Much better to live alone and watch TV in bed or talk to Pierre-Georges as he was in his bed and watching the same movie. Both of them spotlessly clean."
- Edmund White, Our Young Man

6. "America was the attic of French culture."
- Edmund White, Our Young Man

7. "These absurd showbiz queens are as much a part of New York street life as sirens, steam from manholes, or ghostly Asian deliverymen ferrying chop-suey-to-go on unlit bikes going the wrong way."
- Edmund White, Our Young Man

8. "They’re drunk now, Guy said, and optimistic, but they will soon be squabbling over household expenses and hoping they’ll find love later in the Meat Rack. They’ll be arguing. ‘Why did you buy that expensive leg of lamb?’ And they become especially cross at the beginning of September when they realise the season is over and they’ve danced their tushes off and fucked a lot in the bushes, but, hey, they haven’t bagged a beau for the winter and they’ve maxed out their credit cards."
- Edmund White, Our Young Man

9. "Now, that’s what you call a vicious French queen. I never discussed your penis size – Bet you did, Kevin said, at the beginning. I’ve heard the way gay guys talk at the gym. Nothing’s sacred. Not even my poor little penis."
- Edmund White, Our Young Man

10. "He was taking Kevin’s cherry! The words made him harder and made him feel privileged, masterful, married. He thought how many men would pay unlimited amounts to have this inaugurating experience with this boy. He didn’t want to feel like a middle-aged paedophile, he didn’t even want to think all this would make a good porn film. He wanted every thrust, every second, to be laden with tenderness, a salute from him to Kevin, a deep recognition. He wanted Kevin to like what was being done to him, to push back for another joyous millimetre of penetration. He didn’t want him to label it Guy’s First Fuck or Kevin’s First Time. He didn’t want the idea and the label to crowd out the sensation or to sharpen it; he wanted it to be pure sex, undramatised."
- Edmund White, Our Young Man

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