Because of this fictitious reputation [as a lady’s man] I have the credentials that permit me to enter into conversations with the Great Ones. From what I gather, when it comes to objects of love that they desire – not the ones that come easily but the women they want – then the background is anxiety. It has a physical resonance. Nobody masters it.
The Prince of Prurience and Loss by John Leland, GQ: Nov 2001.