"As kids, we’re taught how stories work, and we use that rubric to organize and make sense of the events of our lives. But the imposition of structure can be violent; perhaps, Vernon suggests, the idea that we are organizing events at all is patently nuts."

Via Pitchfork

"...but then what did he want his readers to be like? Were they required to eat all their vegetables, have a regular monthly salary and pension fund with yearly gym membership and a loyalty card to their favourite supermarket?"

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

"The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist...destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful."

Conjectures of a guilty bystander by Thomas Merton

"You have to wait and see and no one knows anything for sure, not even what they do or decide or see or suffer, each moment sooner or later dissolves, its degree of unreality constantly on the increase, everything travelling towards its own dissolution with the passing of days and even the seconds that appear to sustain things but, in fact, suppress them"

Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me by Javier Marias

"Here is the real message... : I am Donald Trump; nobody owns me. I don't pander to you; I don't pretend to be nice and polite; I am rich and that's what you would like to be; I'm a winner; I beat people at their own game, and if you vote for me, I will beat our adversaries; if you want wonky policy details, go with those losers who offer 10-point plans; if you want to feel good about yourselves and your country, stick with me."

Winning Arguments by Stanley Fish

"Mitch studied me with a questioning, smug smile. Men did it so easily, that immediate parceling of value. And how they seemed to want you to collude on your own judgment."

The Girls by Emma Cline

"...though her friendship with Leisha had never been what she would now call a friendship at all, but a complex system of reassurances and support for self-involved fantasies that they had propped up between them and reflected back and forth."

Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill

"'We now live in a society where everyone [fears] they're the same, so they want to specify and differentiate,' she said. 'My playlist is different from your playlist; my Facebook page is different from your Facebook page. It's a sense of anxiety, where you think you don't exist if you're not different from everybody else.'"

Curationism by David Balzer

"The truth was always that you were our ring. We'd summoned you out of ourselves, and you were not given a vote."

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"'And if beauty is terror,' said Julian, 'then what is desire? We think we have many desires, but in fact we have only one. What is it?' 'To live,' said Camilla."

The Secret History by Donna Tartt