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‘A nightjar is a dusty carpet whose pattern has absorbed into it every tread.’
‘The second year, I noticed before anyone else that the Coelophysis was trying to escape.’
‘The word money popped up like a bit of the ocean’s detritus riding in on a wave, but her lips formed the words ‘Merry Christmas’.’
‘I took myself off to the woods, the fragments of the great forests that once spread over our continent.’
‘My two valuable lessons are: avoid romanticism and abhor possessiveness.’
‘My long career / in explaining / my career.’
‘What they are excavating is the birth of a civilisation.’
‘They cried as if they weren’t to blame for any of it. We hated innocent people.’
‘He was the one survivor who remembered nothing.’
‘In a connected world, how can anyone close their doors?’
‘A name is a single small token of selfhood issued at birth, upon which all the rest of one’s person must be built.’
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