| Quote #1
I can't seem to make myself care about anything to the right or left of the present, and the present isn't exactly urgent. (1.1.9)
We living folks spend so much time trying to turn our brains off—drowning them in alcohol, drugs, or repetitive smart phone games. R's life is like this all the time, and it doesn't seem that appealing anymore.
| Quote #2
I long for exclamation marks, but I'm drowning in ellipsis. (1.7.17)
Now that R lives a relatively safe, calm, and—most importantly—boring existence, he is longing for some excitement. Passivity isn't all it's cracked up to be.
| Quote #3
Some of us stay funeral-parlor fresh for years ,and some of us wither to bones in a matter of months. [...] Maybe our bodies follow our minds' leads. Some resign themselves easily, others hold on hard. (1.7.28)
It seems here that R is saying the people who are like "whatever" and resign themselves to the laissez-faire way of death are the ones who decay first. On the flip side, the people who hang on tenaciously to the exciting parts of life don't crumble as fast as the others. So maybe that explains why he's still so good looking.