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‘A nightjar is a dusty carpet whose pattern has absorbed into it every tread.’
‘My two valuable lessons are: avoid romanticism and abhor possessiveness.’
‘What they are excavating is the birth of a civilisation.’
‘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.’
Six days on the front lines of Ukraine’s ongoing battle with pro-Russian separatists
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘Over the past few months, the government has been ad-libbing the time.’
‘The absence of Indian foreign correspondents was, and is, unexceptional.’
‘If you happen to be friends with one of the world’s most fearsome food critics, don’t cook for him.’
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