…he had answered “nothing”, that word we answer when we are thinking “everything”.

On Heroes and Tombs, Ernesto Sabato

In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn’t change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie.

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson

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