‘He has come to us against the wishes of his family and the village and I feel that I owe him something.’
‘Perfect totalitarian systems have always been in the vanguard: they modify not only the past and the future, but they also abolish the present.’
‘In those fervently atheist times, it wasn’t God or his angelic messengers who would come forth from the sky, but the cosmonaut.’
‘My father has always said that he was born twice.’
‘Yet the little white disks with a dent down the middle are no panacea; whenever I take one of these thought guillotines I feel trapped in a grey zone’.
‘How unusual that April night had been, yet how normal it had seemed at the time’
Rae Armantrout on why Ron Silliman's The Alphabet is the best book of 2008.
‘A first line is a threat, I think.’ Julia Armfield on the first sentence of her story ‘Longshore Drift’.
‘Cigarettes, lorgnons, eggs benedict, cocktails mixed with maple syrup, long spills down Lanvin suits.’ Julia Armfield on why Mary McCarthy’s The Group is the best book of 1963.
‘I live on the border, between two states. I've lived here all my life, just about, and I know this place like the back of my hand’.
‘Rihanna had cut her hair short, and she was no longer being marketed as the Caribbean Beyoncé.’
‘Here is the forest. Not just a forest, but a puszcza: a Polish word that means a world of trees which have never been felled since the first bands of human beings arrived to hunt here.’
‘Intelligent, unpredictable, occasionally ruthless, Jumblatt shows that he is still very much in the game.’
‘Women have rights and we’re not going to lose them now.’
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