Mark Gevisser examines the personal, political and social issues of transgender identity in America.
‘She shifts, half in shadow. Whatever else, she's certainly a child. No one is with her.’
‘Outside on the cold air, flames moved and divided and swarmed the sky. And Sims felt alone in a wide empire, removed and afloat, calmed, as if life was far away now, as if blackness was all around.’
‘But as I read on a napkin once, between the idea and the act a whole kingdom lies. And I had a hard time with my acts, which were oftentimes offender's acts.’
‘I was dying to buy something, anything that would help my wife and children understand the profound surrealism and warped reality I’d experienced on my research trip to North Korea.’
Mnemosyne, Teen Taals, and Tottenham Court Road
‘Music is a puissant recaller of time past; music is memory's sister and for its very life relies on memory to hold in our minds the passage of sounds through time.’
‘It just seemed like the right thing to want, the right thing to do.’
How to Get Over Someone You Love
‘Would you like to come with me for some / old-fashioned inconclusive combat?’
‘It was scarcely worth noticing at first; an out-of-work lying under one of the rare indigenous shrubs cultivated by the Botany Department on the campus.’
The Highway of Brotherhood and Unity
‘Back in 1989, we thought the new world opened up by the breaching of the Berlin Wall would be ruled by philosopher kings, dissident heroes and shipyard electricians.’
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The Bees that Disappeared
‘It was during this period that I got to know K, one of the local mailmen.’
‘The kitchen telephone would ring and it would be Gustavo Stroessner, the General's son, bellowing in that strange accent down a fuzzy line from Brazil, like an unruly fictional character nagging for a larger part in the plot.’
Seven Days in Syria
‘I had come to Syria because I wanted to see a country before it tumbled down the rabbit hole of war’
Do Fish Feel Pain?
‘Our mistake in this debate is to think that these issues can be resolved by science and ethics and the passing of nice clear laws’.
The Third Dumpster
‘Finally, though, it couldn’t be helped; their parents came for a visit. They looked around stupefied.’
Some are Born to Sweet Delight
‘She stopped where she was; sourness was in her mouth and nose, oozing towards the foreign stranger, she mustn’t go a step nearer.’
Mark Haddon | Podcast
‘Sean finds a log to use as a shooting gallery and sends Daniel off in search of targets.’
What Were You Dreaming?
‘And I'm careful what I say, I tell them about the blacks, how too many people spoil it for us, they robbing and killing, you can't blame white people.’
The House by the Gallows
‘Along with religion, an unthinking nationalism had become the other god of Pakistan.’
India! The Golden Jubilee: Introduction
‘I first went to India twenty years ago as a reporter.’
Doing the Paperwork: Life in the aftermath of a violent death
‘If the pressure of their life didn’t kill her it made the fight too hard.’
The First Winter of my Married Life
‘Our ears were soon as sensitive as a skinless arm, and we spoke in whispers, registered the furtive drip of remote taps.’
Footplacers, London Transport, Owls, Wincer-Boise
‘All those footsteps have been gathered up into the footplacer, all those goings are gone.’
‘It would’ve been a magical moment if my neighbours hadn’t started fucking at that very second.’