Making a killing on Wall Street might be a harmless turn of phrase, but it only enjoys traction because of the culture it takes place in.

Irvine Welsh’s intro to American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Wasn’t history an event that repeated unforgettably in the mind?

Love in the New Millennium, Can Xue

They married and had children, every child a portmanteau, a mythical beast, a montage.

Bowlaway, Elizabeth McCracken

…he was at that vodka level where the night began to become magnanimous, and everything promised him fidelity and hope.

Hopscotch, Julio Cortazar

It is a truth universally unacknowledged that when the dead are trying to remember something, the living are trying harder to forget it.

Himself, Jess Kidd

To be a monster is to be a hybrid signal, a lighthouse: both shelter and warning at once.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

You don’t have your feelings, they have you.

Notes from the Fog, Ben Marcus

Surely there is something to be said for drawing a circle around our attention and remaining within that circle.

But how large should this circle be?

The Embassy of Cambodia, Zadie Smith