A thousand mountains must have crumbled to feed the earth inside of you. You are the most greedy miracle I’ve loved, and even your mistakes look like bravery. What I’m trying to say is you wear the morning dust so well, and I want to know what dawn tastes like when it’s rising in your skin.
You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all.
"The femme fatale Ellington Feint drinks coffee. Lemony Snicket has never had coffee before, and he’s nervous about it, and over the course of the four-book series, he goes from dreading coffee and being afraid of it to needing a cup of coffee before he does something.
So it’s something of a stand-in for the chemical inducements that can lace a noir book, but it’s also something, I think, for his loss of innocence, in that he goes from not understanding why anyone would drink anything bitter to wondering why people don’t drink bitter things all the time.”
- Daniel Handler