"But this was the idea that had led to the systematised existence we had now, where unpredictability had vanished and you could go from nursery to school to university and into working life as if it were a tunnel, convinced that your choices had been made of your own free will, while in reality you had been sieved through like grains of sand right from your first school day."

My Struggle 2: A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard

"Toronto's skyline has literally come to resemble a series of nondescript columnar extrusions, much like the ones that characterize a Microsoft Excel grid. Effectively, we are building spreadsheets in the sky."

Rise and Sprawl by Hans Ibelings and Partisans

"...in the whole history of literature love is quite routinely depicted as an engulfing process of ecstatic suffering which finally, mercifully, obliterates us and delivers us to oblivion."

Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

"...controversial when first proposed but is now a much-admired element..."

A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto by Margaret and Phil Goodfellow

"The point is after maybe six years of being macrobiotic and five years on and off of acupuncture, four years more or less fighting candida and exercising regularly plus a year of physical therapy then seven months of chiropractic, therapy on and off forever, two years of no drinking or drugs, plus all the yoga, meditation, supplements and just plain learning to listen to myself and my body and everyone and the air around me -- maybe that's all finally getting me somewhere."

So Many Ways to Sleep Badly by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

"I couldn't; something had congealed inside me, a conviction was rooted inside me, and although it was essentialist, that is outmoded and furthermore romantic, I could not get past it..."

My Struggle: 1 - A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard

"The world is an unjust place where the good go bad from never being rewarded, where the truly wicked are very rarely punished and where most folks zigzag between the two extremes..."

The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux, translated by Lazer Leder Hendler

"...like the sight of me is music, is the song she loves best."

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

"I grinned at her as I slipped the knife into my boot."

The Torn Skirt by Rebecca Godfrey

"Dog years it take me to find Winifred, a woman who would breed the kind of boy I would want as son, because a man can't afford to have loose seed around the place."

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James