“It needn’t go that way, that’s the adolescent mode. It needn’t be ruin. Sometimes a story teaches us what not to do, as well as what to do. With more years on us we can display greater inventiveness, employ more imagination, distribute more mercy in the face of love’s intensities.
“I for one will continue to visit the lover’s orchard, whistle to my love’s window, drift sticks down the river. But I will also lead my kingdom, turn up in the bedroom as my true self, engage with limit for the benefit of my people. We live in the warring directives of sovereign and lover. All of us. Our job is to put down our swords and turn the battle into a dance floor. Learn the steps, not in the mode of anguished, doomed youth, but with the seasoned, wry, delighted manner of a true human being.”
Tristan and Isolde will be released on February 14 and is available now to pre-order: The first 500 copies will be signed by the author.
Coming soon, volume 2: The Bacchae.