‘The absence of Indian foreign correspondents was, and is, unexceptional.’
‘Loving life is the mother of all sins.’
‘When Enebeli Okwara sent his girl out in the world, he did not know what the world did to daughters.’ 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize – regional winner for Africa.
‘My long career / in explaining / my career.’
Rae Armantrout on why Ron Silliman's The Alphabet is the best book of 2008.
An exciton consists / of the escaped negative / (electron) / and the positive hole / it left behind.
‘This is my outfit. / Government spooks did the rest. Didn’t you know?’
‘My two valuable lessons are: avoid romanticism and abhor possessiveness.’
‘You are learning – learning a great deal. It is too much for you, so your body bows out. Then you wake up and you can continue.’
‘It’s a simple truth that one can occupy two / places at one time while sitting in a chair—the same way a / poseable doll can be divided from her dress.’
‘The word money popped up like a bit of the ocean’s detritus riding in on a wave, but her lips formed the words ‘Merry Christmas’.’
‘The second year, I noticed before anyone else that the Coelophysis was trying to escape.’
Aimee Bender on why Flannery O’Connor's ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’ is the best story of 1965.
‘In a connected world, how can anyone close their doors?’
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