‘It’s a simple truth that one can occupy two / places at one time while sitting in a chair—the same way a / poseable doll can be divided from her dress.’
‘I took myself off to the woods, the fragments of the great forests that once spread over our continent.’
‘A woman asked the steward behind the registration desk if our flight to Moscow was domestic or international. “We are still working on that,” the man answered.’
In 2007 Katherine Boo travelled to Annawadi – a slum built on Mumbai Airport land – to document the lives of the families living there.
‘There are fragments of a criminal alongside fragments of a dad, and nothing overlaps, nothing eclipses the other, they’re just there, next to each other. No narrative fits.’
Oliver Bullough on why Gary Burn's The Re-Emergence of Global Finance is the best book of 2006.
Rae Armantrout on why Ron Silliman's The Alphabet is the best book of 2008.
Aimee Bender on why Flannery O’Connor's ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’ is the best story of 1965.
‘Over the past few months, the government has been ad-libbing the time.’
‘What am I doing in London? And what’ll I do once I’m back in India?' Amit Chaudhuri on identity, youth and nostalgia.
‘In a connected world, how can anyone close their doors?’
‘If you happen to be friends with one of the world’s most fearsome food critics, don’t cook for him.’
‘A name is a single small token of selfhood issued at birth, upon which all the rest of one’s person must be built.’
‘The second year, I noticed before anyone else that the Coelophysis was trying to escape.’
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