"I think the Instagram girl is already part of art history; she’s submerged in it. The selfie is slightly different because it is mediated by tech and the internet rather than a man with a paintbrush, but it still serves a similar function. I’m really interested in how porn, painting, and technology have blended together to create a whole generation of girls who endlessly repeat their own image."
"The Young-Girl is fascinating in the manner of all things that exhibit a closing-in-on-themselves, a mechanical self-sufficiency or an indifference to the observer, like the insect, the infant, the automaton, or Foucault's pendulum."
"The beautiful boy is cruel in his indifference, remoteness, and serene self-containment... Narcissistic beauty in a postadolescent (like Hitchcok's Marnie) may mean malice and ruthlessness, a psychopathic amorality. There is danger in beauty... The beautiful boy, the object of all eyes, looks downward or away or keeps his eyes in soft focus because he does not recognize the reality of other persons or things. By making the glamourous Alcibiades burst drunk into the Symposium, ending the intellectual debate, Plato is commenting in retrospect on the political damage done to Athens by its fascination with beauty."
"The beautiful boy was desired but not desiring... In convention, his adult admirer could seek orgasms while he remained unaroused... You can have his body but you can never have him."
"Cowardly devoted to the whims of the Young-Girl, we have learned to disdain her while obeying her."