‘I would explain to you then, if I could, the theory that in the case of hairline shape, there are two possible variants or alleles: straight, or widow’s peak.’
‘The Icelandic Phallological Museum is smaller than you’d think. The domestic collection of 212 specimens fits in one room.’
‘This was going to be harder than he had thought.’
‘The church has no thoughts. The church is brick and glass. If they ever slept there, they would see that.’
An excerpt from Kevin Maxwell’s exposé of structural racism in the British police force.
‘Connections are being forged, even as we keep our distance. Let’s hold onto them in the after.’ Jessica Francis Kane on neighbourliness in the time of COVID-19.
‘Sometimes, in the midst of one of our arguments, he would say to me sadly, I understand you more if I understand less.’
‘From when we first began living together in settlements, bacteria and viruses were with us, replicating, mutating and jumping species with extraordinary agility.’
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‘Wars, national disasters and pandemics do not cause social disintegration – they reveal it, and deepen it.’ Vesna Maric on the difference between wars and viruses.
‘This isn’t the end of the world. It’s history going about its business. This isn’t the last apocalypse by a long shot.’
‘Nobody bothered him when he was playing tennis. No matter how long he stayed out there, the door never took breaks.’ Fiction by Rob Magnuson Smith.
An extract from This Time of Dying by Reina James.
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