Category Archives: Quotes

This House Of Grief – Helen Garner

I have just finished reading Helen Garner’s This House of Grief. It is a remarkable achievement, especially since the story is so well-known that there is virtually no opportunity to create suspense. Yet it is suspenseful. It is not suspense … Continue reading

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from “The Faraway Nearby” by Rebecca Solnit

“Sometimes the key arrives long before the lock. Sometimes a story falls in your lap. Once about a hundred pounds of apricots fell into mine. They came in three big boxes, and to keep them from crushing one another under … Continue reading

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from “We The Animals” by Justin Torres

“We The Animals” is a slim book – almost thin enough not to be a novel at all, but a novella. But it is so very rich in its thinness. It is taut. Every word has its place and only … Continue reading

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from “The North London Book of the Dead” by Will Self

“I suppose that the form my bereavement took after my mother died was fairly conventional. Initially I was shocked. Her final illness was mercifully quick, but harrowing. Cancer tore through her body as if it were late for an important … Continue reading

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from the short story “The Lost Order” by Rivka Galchen

What I love about this story in a recent New Yorker is the narrator’s anxiety, so wonderfully revealed. It has a Miranda July weirdness about it… “I was at home, not making spaghetti. I was trying to eat a little less … Continue reading

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Roger Angell on Loss

Roger Angell, writing in the New Yorker, says it all perfectly… “My wife, Carol, doesn’t know that President Obama won reelection last Tuesday, carrying Ohio and Pennsylvania and Colorado, and compiling more than three hundred electoral votes. She doesn’t know … Continue reading

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from “Swimming Home” by Deborah Levy…

I devoured this short book on a plane ride home from Sydney. It was a gift. Delivering me from myself into a world of a French holiday villa and a troubled young woman in love with a poet. While the … Continue reading

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from “This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz

In his new collection of stories Junot Diaz writes, “If this was another kind of story, I’d tell you about the sea. What it looks like after it’s been forced into the sky through a blowhole. How when I’m driving … Continue reading

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Writing advice from Ray Bradbury…

In Ray Bradbury’s introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition of his book Fahrenheit 451 he says; ” The novel was a surprise then and is still a surprise to me. I’ve always written at the top of my lungs and … Continue reading

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Maurice Sendak on ageing…

In the New Yorker May 21, 2012 Mariana Cook writes of her photographic session and interview some years later with the elderly writer Maurice. Looking at the photo of him and his dog he says, “I am in my bathrobe … Continue reading

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