like bees to an empty coke can
"You are far away and shielded from tear gas and batons and bullets."
"A book that was like a little box with monsters inside it."
"If certain empires have died of sickness or of old age, the greater number, on the contrary, have succumbed to violent death, in the plenitude of their physical power, in the full force of their intellectual vigour." --de Gourmont
"He had Ibn Muqla's hand cut off. So Ibn Muqla took up the pen with his left hand and learned to write all over again..."