Cross-Examination

“How much longer on the divan? Why does sex have to mean everything? OK, it can mean something, but why everything? Why do thirty years have to go down the toilet because I wanted to touch somebody else? Am I missing something? Is this what it comes down to? Why does the sex have to mean everything?”
-Zadie Smith, On Beauty

I don't know whether age is a marker or just life experience in general, however as of lately I am beginning to understand why and how people come to have affairs. I also understand why people rebuild after such indiscretions. And really, why does sex have to mean everything? -tM