‘I ended up piecing my life together through other people.’
‘Please be creative. This is only the beginning.’
‘More important than anything else that fateful year was the life-defining transcendence of Peter Gabriel.’
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan on the evolution of feminist judgments in India.
‘A woman asked the steward behind the registration desk if our flight to Moscow was domestic or international. “We are still working on that,” the man answered.’
‘It seemed there was a little piece of Iraqi earth inside me that refused to let me go.’
‘I think of the self-portrait as a mirror of all the violence that befalls us.’
‘It was a wonderful day of high summer in the Stockholm archipelago.’
‘There are fragments of a criminal alongside fragments of a dad, and nothing overlaps, nothing eclipses the other, they’re just there, next to each other. No narrative fits.’
‘Restored nature would be a phantom of its former self. The experience would be akin to visiting a wildlife park.’
Rob Magnuson Smith on why Frank Norris' The Octopus is the best book of 1901.
Louise Stern on why Pedro Páramo is the best book of 1955.
Callan Wink on why Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is the best book of 1970.
Lorna Gibb on why Alasdair Gray's Lanark is the best book of 1981.
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