"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

"And behind Julia, where the towels and hanging robe should have been, Jacob saw a painted landscape, a flat forever occupied by a school, a soccer field, the Whole Foods bulk section...a Subaru and a Volvo...in that house in which life happened was a woman, carefully positioned."

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

"To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go."

In Blackwater Woods by Mary Oliver

"My hypothesis is that humiliation is a risk factor for terrorism."

Denial by Jessica Stern

3 September
Sometimes it is beyond my comprehension that any other man can love her, is allowed to love her, since I love her solely, with such passion, and so completely and know nothing, understand nothing, have nothing but her.  

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe

"Beneath his coat, when I first met him, his shirt seemed to have broken out in an inflammation--into a lavish plaid or a strong enough checkered pattern."

Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine by Diane Williams

"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