‘Always end your book with Nelson Mandela saying something about rainbows or renaissances. Because you care.’
‘His body was like a rock. It wasn’t his. It was like he was possessed.’
Mark Gevisser examines the personal, political and social issues of transgender identity in America.
‘I am Ghanaian. This is my legal label. I was born there. It is my inheritance.’
‘In those fervently atheist times, it wasn’t God or his angelic messengers who would come forth from the sky, but the cosmonaut.’
‘What I’m talking about is a different sea, and different mountains.’ Haruki Murakami walks to his hometown after the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995.
‘For a man as truthful, direct, intelligent, passionate and sane as Orwell, ‘politics’ had come to represent the antithesis of his own world-view.’
Six days on the front lines of Ukraine’s ongoing battle with pro-Russian separatists
‘If pain is what makes others real to us, there was not another human being more real to me than my mother.’
‘The first notes I take are about a man who was born, grew up, worked, was married, had a daughter, grew old, and died in the same village.’
‘Nothing can prepare you for this.’ Mary Ruefle on menopause.
‘I began working at the Mead Paper Company in Chillicothe, Ohio, in the summer of 1973.’
‘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.’
‘This was supposed to be my great in-your-face coming-out campaign, which I’d fretted over for months beforehand. Had India suddenly lost its conservativeness, turned enlightened, even hip?’
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