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‘Restored nature would be a phantom of its former self. The experience would be akin to visiting a wildlife park.’
‘The sexual activity was dense and rapid everywhere that he was not.’
‘The whale as landfill. It was a metaphor, and then it wasn’t.’
‘I liked the way she travelled: with her iPod in one pocket, her traditional Yup’ik woman’s knife, or ulu, in the other.’
‘I think of the self-portrait as a mirror of all the violence that befalls us.’
‘Did you notice our daughter is not our daughter anymore?’
‘If you require further specifications, please consult your local supplier. They will be happy to help.’
‘I am being, I believe, about as forthright as I am being coy.’
Petina Gappah shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
‘There were rules to the game. I could not lose my virginity and I had to be careful not to let a boy go further than I wanted to.’
‘amelia, the real woman, / ran away with the bearded lady’
‘I ended up piecing my life together through other people.’
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