Permanent Midnight Quotes.

1. "To me, God is like this happy bus driver."
- Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight

2. "I kept getting high to kill my shame at the fact that I kept getting high."
- Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight

3. "This is what I think: If you had the nerve to live what you lived, you should have the nerve to write it."
- Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight

4. "I'm so dopesick, my tears taste like urine. It's as if the air itself were made of broken glass. I try to stop twitching. To stay still, to stop my very breath, let the pain stay inside. The slightest movement grinds tiny shards into my pores. Breathing is like gulping from a bag of claws. I want to die. Want to pass out. Want to stop...this...fucking...feeling."
- Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight

5. "You may think you don't want to throw your life away for mere fleeting euphoria. But, once you get a taste, it doesn't feel so mere. From then on the planet becomes a waiting room. The rest of your life devolves to no more than the time between highs."
- Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight

6. "The thing is, all my heroes were junkies. Lenny Bruce, Keith Richards, William Burroughs, Miles Davis, Hubert Selby, Jr... These guys were cool. They were committed. They would not have been caught dead doing an ALF episode."
- Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight

7. "Opiates are, by their very nature, about forgetting. When you're in that narcotic haze, memory functions like some mutant projector, a hell-tuned Bell & Howard. As the film goes in one end, at the other end it's immediately eaten by some kind of acid, dissolving the second the events transpire."
- Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight

8. "The point is, everything, bad or good, boils back to the decade on the needle, and the years before that imbibing everything from cocaine to Romilar, pot to percs, LSD to liquid meth and a pharmacy in between: a lifetime spent altering the single niggling fact that to be alive means being conscious. More or less."
- Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight

9. "All my life I'd gone for women who were a little off."
- Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight

10. "...with enough rock in your system, you could hear every noise in the universe."
- Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight

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