Reading Recommendation: “The Lady and the Dragon,” Lydia Millet

Today I read:

“Sharon Stone wondered what else to say. Until now she had thought the billionaire highly eccentric, true; but she had not worried too much about it, for extreme wealth was known to distort. The fact that he wore an unsheathed dagger tucked into his trousers at all times, the fact that he allowed no plants, vegetables or fruit to touch his skin and bathed in a solution of isopropyl alcohol, the fact that he kissed a laminated picture of Roy Orbison every night before bed and liked to pretend to be a mewling infant during sexual intercourse–all these had struck her as essentially harmless. She saw now that she had misjudged.”

— Lydia Millet, “The Lady and the Dragon”

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