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Harlan Ellison

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I think love and sex are separate and only vaguely similar. Like the word bear and the word bare. You can get in trouble mistaking one for the other.
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Introduction of "How's the Night Life on Cissalda" (1977) in Shatterday (1990)

 
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Love, which is lust, is the Lamp in the Tomb.
Love, which is lust, is the Call from the Gloom.
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So man and woman will keep their trust,
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