Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist


My friend is sad that I didn't go to a gig she recommended. But I don't go to gigs. I'm an eremite.

Sometimes this bothers me.

It bothers me what people might think. 

But not very much.

Being an eremite is about being able to resist public opinion.

I hate the world. I always have done. Even as a child I knew that the world was corrupt, hypocritical and stupid. I didn't want anything to do with it.

Which is why I became a priest.

And also why I left the priesthood

The other day Ailz had a dream about a gaunt old woman with long, long hair. "Did she look like this?" I asked.

The Magdalen in Penitence

"Yes, just like that," she said.  "How did you know?"

"Because it's one of my favourite works of art," I said.

And if she'd asked me why it was one of my favourite works of art I might have said, "Because that is what I look like on the inside."
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