Autonomy for him meant, among other things, being never singularly identified by a job, a talent, or a profession. He yearned to be never just one thing: not a peg for a coat, a slip for a boat, a can for a goat. We are multiples, in any case, he thought. He felt he was more than one person even having that thought, to notice another person having that thought, with an added him that surprised all three!
From his latest novel, Laura Warholic; or, the Sexual Intellectual. Highly recommended.