Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Muriel Spark, The Girls of Slender Means

‘Among the five top-floor members only Selina Redwood and Anne Barberton could manage to wriggle through the lavatory window, and Anne only managed it naked, having made her body slippery with margarine. After the first attempt, when she had twisted her ankle on the downward leap and grazed her skin on the return clamber, Anne said she would in future use her soap ration to facilitate the exit.'

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gillian Rose, Love's Work

‘However satisfying writing is - that mixture of discipline and miracle, which leaves you in control, even when what appears on the page has emerged from regions beyond your control - it is a very poor substitute indeed for the joy and the agony of loving.'

Geoff Dyer, The Ongoing Moment

'With the bar set so high I was free to walk right under it.'

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jenny Offill, Dept. Of Speculation

'That night on TV, I saw the tattoo I wish my life had warranted. If you have not known suffering, love me. A Russian murderer beat me to it.'

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Michael Longley, The Stairwell

'the high-roofed bedroom where you die'.

Sunday, January 04, 2015


‘Everything was salvaged, some by the right hands and some by the wrong, but nothing was simply lost.’

Monday, December 15, 2014

Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

'Saying yes is the best of powers.' (71)