"I felt suddenly older, even as the puma also, in her effect on me, made me more like a very young human in one particular way, which was that all the banal (or not) objects and experiences around me were reenchanted."

Little Labors by Rivka Galchen

"This is not what we want; there is nothing more tedious, puerile and inhumane than this; yet it is also beautiful and necessary."

To the Lighthouse by Virgina Woolf

"Human history, Glover contends, can be thought of as a contest between cruelty and compassion."

Born to be Good by Dacher Keltner

"He concentrated not only on the objects themselves but also, critically, on the atmosphere that surrounded them, the erratically shifting phantoms of light and color that he called the enveloppe...But freezing the appearance of objects...was no easy task. 'I am chasing a dream,' he admitted in 1895. 'I want the impossible.'" 

Mad Enchantment by Ross King

"Why have the confessions of a Norwegian Everyman become a literary phenomenon? The arrival of My Struggle has coincided with a growing intolerance, expressed more by writers and critics than by average readers, towards the shapely, plot-led, made-up novel, and the made-up American novel in particular."

My Struggle 3: Boyhood Island by Karl Ove Knausgaard

"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