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“He’d lost track of what he wanted, and since who a person was was what a person wanted, you could say that he’d lost track of himself.”

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source: The Corrections (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001), 539.

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“His mind makes immense detours. Then he gets lost. And then I am able to bring him back, not because I know any more than he does, or because I am more whole, but because I have a sense of direction in the world of ideas.”

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source: The Diary of Anaïs Nin [Vol. 1 1931–1934] (New York: The Swallow Press, 1966), 158.

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notes: Nin is describing Henry Miller

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