"…this is how you grow okra —-far from the house, because okra tree harbor red ants; when you are growing dasheen, make sure it gets plenty of water or else it makes your throat itch when you are eating it;…" Jamaica Kincaid "Girl"
Coming from a Caribbean household Jamaica Kincaid’s,…
Favourite Short Stories → The Vane Sisters by Vladimir Nabokov
"I was appealing to flesh, and the corruption of flesh, to refute and defeat the possible persistence of discarnate life. Alas, these conjurations only enhanced my fear of Cynthia’s phantom. Atavistic peace came with dawn, and when I slipped into sleep the sun through the tawny window shades penetrated a dream that somehow was full of Cynthia."
I had begun to cherish words excessively for the space they allow around them, for their tangencies with countless other words that I did not utter.
— André Breton | ‘Manifestoes of Surrealism’
An insignificant little piece of writing equipment, when one thinks of it, has had a vast, almost boundless, influence on our culture.
— Jun’ichirō Tanizaki