Favorite Lines or Passages from "Autobiography"

Old Mathew

Well-Known Member
I'm still anxiously awaiting for my copy to arrive via steamer across the Atlantic -- and then by Pony Express the rest of the 2/3rds of the way across the country.

In the interim, I thought I'd start a thread for readers to post lines or passages from the book they find particularly arresting/beautiful/interesting/whatever.

So, post away! What sentences strike you?
 

Uncleskinny

It's all good
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I'm still anxiously awaiting for my copy to arrive via steamer across the Atlantic -- and then by Pony Express the rest of the 2/3rds of the way across the country.

In the interim, I thought I'd start a thread for readers to post lines or passages from the book they find particularly arresting/beautiful/interesting/whatever.

So, post away! What sentences strike you?
Not had the time to sit down and give it the attention it needs, but I've flicked through and read passages, and the thing that strikes me more than anything else, is that it's really, really well-written. It skips along at a jaunty pace, and is very entertaining. We should see a raft of reviews today and over the weekend, and I'm pretty sure they will nearly all be positive.

P.
 

Amy

from the Ice Age to the dole age
Referring to the court case, p.322-23:

"Marr, Rourke and Joyce have magically transformed into the Beverley Sisters, each chanting how that awful Morrissey had destroyed their lives - and just when they were all doing so well with their musical careers. It is an inferno of betrayal that I can bear no more, and I walk out of the court. What would they say at Salford Lads' Club if they caught the stench within these walls - Johhny Marr crying off for being held accountable for his own actions, and all Mancunian cameraderie shafted. [...] Now, like Joyce, he too speaks with the voice of a child begging forgiveness, and the hunchbacked Weeks now looks as if he has his catch. It takes courage to make yourself unpopular with your legal bully-boys for the sake of mere loyalty, and Johnny did not have that courage. A virtuoso of to-ing and fro-ing, you might swear that you are in the company of identical triplets as Johnny stands before you".

Ouch.
 

Virgil Tracy

Good Evening West 'am!
I've never been so upset by a book, what's wrong with my name?
 
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Anonymous

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Referring to the court case, p.322-23:

"Marr, Rourke and Joyce have magically transformed into the Beverley Sisters, each chanting how that awful Morrissey had destroyed their lives - and just when they were all doing so well with their musical careers. It is an inferno of betrayal that I can bear no more, and I walk out of the court. What would they say at Salford Lads' Club if they caught the stench within these walls - Johhny Marr crying off for being held accountable for his own actions, and all Mancunian cameraderie shafted. [...] Now, like Joyce, he too speaks with the voice of a child begging forgiveness, and the hunchbacked Weeks now looks as if he has his catch. It takes courage to make yourself unpopular with your legal bully-boys for the sake of mere loyalty, and Johnny did not have that courage. A virtuoso of to-ing and fro-ing, you might swear that you are in the company of identical triplets as Johnny stands before you".

Ouch.
Perfect. Exactly how I feel about professional nice guy Johnny Marr.
 

realitybites

making lemonade
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Moz eloquently and thoroughly reveals why he became a singer and not a guitarist or a pianist. He first fell in love with the words on the page and not the music via Record Song Book... "an expensive magazine that prints the lyrics of famous or bubbling songs of the month, and I practice with invented melodies on the songs that I haven't heard. It is only the singing voice, I decide, that tells us how things became how they are..."
 

Mozzersmandan

We are all we Need
oh there are too many quips and funny passages to remember upon first reading :p

I was shocked when moz admitted he was wrong lolz regarding the tracklist for TQID

Johnny's response to this idea that 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' shouldn't feature on the album was just perfect, again eloquently described by morrissey who soon sees the merit of such a great song :)

to think these lads were in their early 20's at this point is mindblowing
 

Tibby

Morrissey Lover
About his relationship with Jake

"For the first time in my life the eternal I becomes we "

so lovely
 

realitybites

making lemonade
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"The written word is an attempt at completeness when there is no one impatiently awaiting you in a dimly lit bedroom – awaiting your tales of the day, as the healing hands of someone who knew turn to you and touch you, and you lose yourself so completely in another that you are momentarily delivered from yourself. Whispering across the pillow comes a kind voice that might tell you how to get out of certain difficulties, from someone who might mercifully detach you from your complications. When there is no matching of lives, and we live on a strict diet of the self, the most intimate bond can be with the words that we write."

Wow, how beautifully stated. And true.
 
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Anonymous

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The quotes I have read here so far could as well have been written by quite an old lady.
 

zepfan1

New Member
"The written word is an attempt at completeness when there is no one impatiently awaiting you in a dimly lit bedroom – awaiting your tales of the day, as the healing hands of someone who knew turn to you and touch you, and you lose yourself so completely in another that you are momentarily delivered from yourself. Whispering across the pillow comes a kind voice that might tell you how to get out of certain difficulties, from someone who might mercifully detach you from your complications. When there is no matching of lives, and we live on a strict diet of the self, the most intimate bond can be with the words that we write."

Wow, how beautifully stated. And true.


I agree - @and I also like your bottom quote
 

CrystalGeezer

My secret's my enzyme.
"The written word is an attempt at completeness when there is no one impatiently awaiting you in a dimly lit bedroom – awaiting your tales of the day, as the healing hands of someone who knew turn to you and touch you, and you lose yourself so completely in another that you are momentarily delivered from yourself. Whispering across the pillow comes a kind voice that might tell you how to get out of certain difficulties, from someone who might mercifully detach you from your complications. When there is no matching of lives, and we live on a strict diet of the self, the most intimate bond can be with the words that we write."
Soooooo, where do I go to apply for this job?
 
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