“A person might join a site to look at pictures of her nephew and five years later believe in a flat earth.”

No One is Talking About This, Patricia Lockwood

“Womanhood was a dangerous business if you didn’t get it right.”

The Mermaid of Black Conch, Monique Roffey

Images which idealise are no less aggressive than work which makes a virtue of plainness. There is an aggression implicit in every use of the camera.

Susan Sontag, On Photography

I am writing this account, in another man’s book, by candlelight, inside the belly of a fish.

Edward Carey, The Swallowed Man

Memory is a map of sorts, but hand drawn, incomplete, and full of errors. It can let you know a place exists, but you cannot trust it to get you there.

Charlie Kaufman, Antkind

In some countries you kill a monster when it’s born.

Other places, you kill it only when it kills someone else.

Other places, you let it go, out into the forest or the sea, and it lives there forever, calling for others of its kind.

Maria Dahvana Headley, The Mere Wife