Monday, December 15, 2014

Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Denis Thériault, The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin

'The thing about love is that we come alive in bodies not our own.'

Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida

'[The] Photograph is the advent of myself as other: a cunning dissociation of consciousness from identity.'

Monday, November 03, 2014

Willy Vlautin, The Free

'"I wish I could help, Freddie, but that's not the policy that this company has."
"The company is you and me, Pat. Everybody else is gone now." [...]
Two painters came into the store and walked toward the counter. Pat finally looked at Freddie and nodded his head to them, picked up his donuts and coffee, and went into his office. Twenty minutes later he came out and heated his lunch in the microwave. He then went back inside his office to call his wife, and Dr. James Dobson’s voice began leaking through the walls.'

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

J. M. Coetzee, The Childhood of Jesus

'What exactly do you mean by real? Surely there is such a thing as overvaluing the biological.'

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Germaine Greer, White Beech: The Rainforest Years

'The forest is not just the trees, it is everything that lives in and on the trees, every fungus, every bug, every spider, every bird, every serpent, every bat... Morning Glories, Moth Vine, Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Mist Weed and Busy Lizzie.'

Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

'It may be that a crowd at a particular moment of history creates the object to justify its gathering, as it did at the first Human Be-In and Monterey Pop and Woodstock. Or it may be that two generations of war and surveillance had left people craving the embodiment of their own unease in the form of a lone, unsteady man on a slide guitar.'

Monday, August 11, 2014

Darian Leader, Strictly Bipolar

'Just as depression had been actively marketed as a disorder by those who purveyed a chemical cure for it, so bipolar was packaged and sold along with its remedy.'

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger's Child

'Sometimes a book persisted as a coloured shadow at the edge of sight, as vague and unrecapturable as something seen in the rain from a passing vehicle: looked at directly it vanished altogether.'

Chris Tsiolkas, The Slap

'Richie had a dawning sense that the fact that men loved kicking a leather ball to one another boded ill for the sanity of the human race.'