good bones and simple murders
each female body contains a female brain. handy. makes things work. stick pins in it and you get amazing results. old popular songs. short circuits. bad dreams.
anyway: each of these brains has two halves. they're joined together by a thick cord; neural pathways flow from one to the other; sparkles of electric information washing to and fro. like light on waves. like a conversation. how does a woman know? she listens. she listens in.
the male brain, now that's a different matter. only a thin connection. space over here, time over there, music and arithmetic in their own sealed compartments. the right brain doesn't know what the left brain is doing. good for aiming though, for hitting the target when you pull the trigger. what's the target? who's the target? who cares? what matters is hitting it. that's the male brain for you. objective.
this is why men are so sad, why they feel so cut off, why they think of themselves as orphans cast adrift, footloose and stringless in the deep void. what void? she says. what are you talking about? the void of the universe, he says, and she says, oh and looks out the window and tries to get a handle on it, but it's no use, there's too much going on, too many rustlings in the leaves, too many voices, so she says, would you like a cheese sandwich, a piece of cake, a cup of tea? and he grinds his teeth because she doesn't understand, and wanders off, not just alone but Alone, lost in the dark, lost in the skull, searching for the other half, the twin who could complete him.
then it comes to him: he's lost the Female Body! look, it shines in the gloom, far ahead, a vision of wholeness, ripeness, like a giant melon, like an apple, like a metaphor for breast in a bad sex novel; it shines like a balloon, like a foggy noon, a watery moon, shimmering in its egg of light.
catch it. put it in a pumpkin, in a high tower, in a compound, in a chamber, in a house, in a room. quick, stick a leash on it, a lock, a chain, some pain, settle it down, so it can never get away from you again. p. 75-77