This Is Pleasure Themes & Motifs

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Stories

The novella argues that the stories we tell ourselves affect the way we view reality. Rather than there being a constant and stable truth that exists universally for everyone all the time, the novella argues that truth is constructed through the stories we tell, which means that stories are vitally important.

When stories change quickly, within a lifetime, it can become difficult for one story to mesh with the other. Quin grew up in the sixties when free love and wild recklessness were celebrated and admired: “I come from a generation that values freedom and honesty above politeness, and I have acted from those values, sometimes as a provocateur, even a trickster” (33). He spent his early twenties partying in New York City occasionally having anonymous sex in bathroom clubs. He has a picture of one of his ex-girlfriends getting her skirt pulled up by a random...

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