And it’s hard to know whether to be struck more by the conviction and energy of the effort, or by the tenacity of the silence surrounding it. Somehow they seem the measure of each other.
— from Give Me Everything You Have by James Lasdun
Amorphousness was Nasreen’s element. And if the Internet in general, with its rich opportunities for shape-shifting and self-reinvention, was her natural medium of expression, then this forwarding system was the perfect refinement, allowing her to take on the identity of anyone she liked.
— from Give Me Everything You Have by James Lasdun. I have read this book shocked, chilled, transfixed: both in horror at the unfolding story, and in admiration of the author and his writing. Page on page, the feats of control, analysis, self-expression, perception and humility Lasdun achieves as author and lead character are masterful. God knows how he did it - a book this architecturally pristine, to tell a monstrous story in which everyone becomes rubble. Brilliant.
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
— Wuthering Heights, of course.
When you read a book, what you see are black squiggles on pulped wood or, increasingly, dark pixels on a pale screen. To transform these icons into characters and events, you must imagine. And when you imagine, you create.
— How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid