Troubling Mirror


“...there are people out there, like Madame, who don’t hate you or wish you any harm, but who nevertheless shudder at the very thought of you—of how you were brought into this world and why—and who dread the idea of your hand brushing against theirs. The first time you glimpse yourself through the eyes of a person like that, it’s a cold moment. It’s like walking past a mirror you’ve walked past every day of your life, and suddenly it shows you something else, something troubling and strange.


Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro



Can’t Fix It, Got To Stand It


There was some open space between what he knew and what he tried to believe, but nothing could be done about it, and if you can’t fix it you’ve got to stand it.

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

Romantic Stupidity


“Damn. Up till that moment, the romantic part of me still had been hoping I was wrong. Your romantic parts can be really dumb.”

The White Magic Five & Dime by Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Falco

Truth Is Complicated


The truth, we realise as we get older, is a very complicated pastiche of feelings and facts, of what can and cannot be said. It’s different for everyone.

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray