Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A materialist transubstantiation

“In sex you swallow maybe a quart of someone else’s spit. Sorry to be indelicate, but you do. It is the stream of want and need and hunger and fantasy and curiosity you plug into when you plug into a partner who knows what it is to kiss. Friction is dry and friction in sex can be very nice but sooner or later you want Flow, you want the juice in the berry; sex may begin arid, cool and delicately perfumed but it will end up floating saltfunky in a tidal pool. At any other time spit’s nasty, but when you kiss it is… well, nectar, nepenthe, gone over from spit to nepenthe in a transubstantiation more divine than that accomplished in any Holy Mass.
Tony Kushner, ‘Fick Oder Kaput’, in Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness, Theatre Communications Group, 1995