‘I think of the self-portrait as a mirror of all the violence that befalls us.’
Lorna Gibb on why Alasdair Gray's Lanark is the best book of 1981.
‘The whale as landfill. It was a metaphor, and then it wasn’t.’
‘It seemed there was a little piece of Iraqi earth inside me that refused to let me go.’
‘No Armenian can forget 1915.’
‘Restored nature would be a phantom of its former self. The experience would be akin to visiting a wildlife park.’
‘Please be creative. This is only the beginning.’
Daisy Hildyard on why Lisa Jardine's The Curious Life of Robert Hooke is the best book of 2003.
‘They treated their bodies like some exotic animal they’d found fast asleep, beings they needed to wake to truly know.’
Ian Jack's introduction to Granta 130: India.
‘I am being, I believe, about as forthright as I am being coy.’
‘I ended up piecing my life together through other people.’
‘I liked the way she travelled: with her iPod in one pocket, her traditional Yup’ik woman’s knife, or ulu, in the other.’
‘I kept returning to the Beckett stories, a favourite since I came upon them in my late teens.’
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