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Men by Marie Darrieussecq. The French title of Men plays on a quote by Marguerite Duras: 'We have to love men a lot. A lot, a lot. Love them a lot in order to love them. Otherwise it's impossible, we couldn't bear them.' With her characteristic intensity, edginess and humour, Marie Darrieussecq explores female desire, what it means to be a woman. Solange was a provincial teenager in All the Way; now in her thirties, she's not a great mother, and she is a mediocre actress.

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:23-24

- You feel that? That's the inner fighter in you. That's the you that refuses to give up. That's the you that refuses to accept defeat. That's the you that refuses to stand still and allow life to pass by. Use the inner fighter - the inner warrior - the inner hunter to break free of mediocrity. You deserve the best. Go out and find what's best! Go out and claim your best! There is no worse feeling walking away and saying to yourself, I know I could have done better. Release the beast.

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust • artwork uncredited • via tahitian vanilla