‘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.’
‘Something’s out there. Something has shown up in the woods of Highland City.’
Conspiracy of Males | New Voices
‘Nothing was your fault. You defended no one. By default, you defended us.’
‘All you needed for the modern world was to know how to work a remote control.’
The White Hole of Bombay
‘If you like people who hate each other, it’s paradise.’
Estonia, Out in the Country
‘I didn’t believe my eyes, not even when I saw what was happening in front of them.’
The Barn at The End of Our Term
‘Eleven of the stabled horses are, as far as Rutherford can ascertain, former presidents of the United States of America.’