Preserves for Life
‘He came upon one under the kitchen sink labelled ‘Shoestrings in vinegar, 2004’, and that should have alarmed him.’
‘All those years of manipulating the tuning crank have given him the patience to settle in for these more involved jobs, and patience is perhaps the most important quality in a human shield.’
The Death of His Excellency, The Ex-Minister
‘A minister like myself had to be vigilant, both in body and mind, in order to retrieve correct facts from incorrect information.’
The Burden of Light
‘Jelly sits on the toilet, folded over, staring at his feet still inches from the floor.’
‘His voice had long since lost all superfluous timbral embellishments, he was left with only the raw thread of screeching.’
Returning to the Hague
‘‘Shall I tell you, son,’ I ask him, ‘exactly what I’m guilty of?’’
‘A month after turning forty-five, every last egg in her body is a Rockette doing the can-can.’
The Sex Lives of African Girls
‘She has the most genuine intentions of any woman out there.’
‘I found myself sitting on a bench in Shinjuku Central Park, dazed like a junkie, when the wind plastered a sports tabloid to my legs and an advertisement jumped out at me‘
‘You can follow the trail but you can’t know in which direction you are headed’
After That, We Are Ignorant
‘He used to see things in his dreams and made them his policies. Yup, Americans loved his dreams because he was screwing the Soviets and Comrades in them.’
Stars and Stripes
‘He chewed on the syllables until they sounded the way they did in movies.’
‘Sometimes she lied. She didn’t do it maliciously; she did it to pass the time.’
A Few Words on the Life Cycle of Frogs
‘I wasn’t going to abandon the dream of literature, I was going to keep dreaming.’
The Surgery of Last Resort
’Early one morning in the fall of 1999, Steven R., a forty-seven-year-old man with fair skin and grey hair, was in the front yard of his home in suburban Nebraska, picking up leaves‘.
Put Not Thy Trust In Chariots
'David had nothing against Arabs personally.This despite the fact he was religious (he wore a blue-and-white kippa which had been knitted by his wife, Devorah, as an engagement present.'
Athena Sees Good Things for You
‘Dear X1, the first document began, On X2, as X3 moves into X4, I want you to turn X5 years into golden wealth.’
‘There’s Bo Diddley. Big hips, pointy shoes, glasses. A gap between his teeth, and a bow tie, in 1965.’
Beginning, End | New Voices
‘I walked behind you. You led the rallies. I lost my mother. You rubbed my back.’
‘He was typing up another proposal for robots that would replace human workers in an engine factory.’
The Law of Diminishing Returns
‘Love is like trash: it's not something you hoard, it's merely something you don't waste, like heat, or water, or paper’.
‘Outside, there is a path. A path of beaten white stone bordered by a white wall–low, but not low enough for me to see over it from here'.
The Man in The Van
‘On Friday 20 March 1998 at ten-thirty in the morning I was lying in the bath, washing my hair’.
A Soap Opera From Hell
‘It comes as no surprise when an ophthalmist informs him that the tears he does produce–the consequence of various allergies–are deficient, poor-quality facsimiles of the real thing.’
Our Nicky’s Heart
‘Frank Randall had three sons: Michael, Eddy and Mark. That was fine by him‘.
‘We were six snatching hands, six stomping feet; we were brothers, boys, three little kings locked in a feud for more.’