Flannery O’Connor, “Wise Blood”

“Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place.

Nothing outside you can give you any place,” he said. “You needn’t look at the sky because it’s not going to open up and show no place behind it. You needn’t to search for any hole in the ground to look through into somewhere else. You can’t go neither forwards nor backwards into your daddy’s time nor your children’s if you have them. In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got. If there was any Fall, look there, if there was any Redemption, look there, and if you expect any Judgment, look there, because they all three will have to be in your time and your body and where in your time and your body can they be?”

Ed Sanders, “The Family: The Story of Charles Manson’s Dune Buggy Attack Battalion”

“A part of the group was stoned and were sitting in the middle of the room. They had begun to write a song and had left off the project. Charlie was sitting in the midst of the gathering and the topic was the ever-present project of snuff. Charlie said, “Die,” so all lay down and pretended they were dead. Bo started screaming “Charlie”— and then “Oh-h-h-h-h!” Paul Watkins testified to the following concerning this famous party: “I was listening to Charlie say die.” Watkins testified that he tried to think of a way to die but he couldn’t so when Charlie said, “Die,” Watkins lay down and “acted like I was dead.” Everybody else did and Bo was screaming and Charlie was sitting in the middle of the room moving the fingers, talking about the confusion in the air, how fine it was.”