"Time as a subject is actually not that well understood in physics. It's so engrained in our theories about how the universe works...we also know that time has a lot of strange properties, none more so than the fact that it doesn't flow at the same rate everywhere. In some places in the universe, time moves faster than in others...The history of scientific discovery reminds us to check our preconceptions because our limited experience isn't always universal...It's possible that time is not a basic permanent fixture, but a special condition, just like the flow of the river." 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson


"I had asked Hercules for nothing, and got more than I bargained for. If I had to think about it I had "won.""

100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell


"My experience is that closure is an extraordinarily compelling fantasy of mourning. It is the fiction that we can love, lose and then do something to permanently end our sorrow. We want to believe we can reach closure because grief can surprise and disorder us—even years after our loss."

The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz


"The thought was disquieting—that our identities should be so mutable, and therefore the course of our lives."

Intimacies by Katie Kitamura


"It was quarter past three; she reworked a few sentences. Twenty past three; deleted an adjective, missed it and put it back. Read through the text; it was a bit too long. Three twenty-five; deleted an entire paragraph at the beginning and got the text to the right word count, but now it lacked structure and direction. Well, in that sense, it mirrored life itself."

Acts of Infidelity by Lena Andersson


"That was the point of stories: to help people who needed it not hate themselves / give them a reason to keep going. The point of the only type of stories I was interested in, in any case."

Fuccboi by Sean Thor Conroe


"The question of how the world will end has been the subject of speculation and debate among poets and philosophers throughout history. Of course, now, thanks to science, we know the answer: it's fire. Definitely, fire. In about five billion years, the Sun will swell to its red giant phase, engulf the orbit of Mercury and perhaps Venus, and leave the Earth a charred, lifeless, magma-covered rock. Even this sterile smoldering remnant is likely fated to to eventually spiral into the Sun's outer layers and disperse its atoms in the churning atmosphere of the dying star."

The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack


"This is hell, she thought the next morning when twenty-four hours had passed. This is what hell feels like and this is a hell that actually exists. She was burning up from the inside."

Wilful Disregard by Lena Andersson


"Then she stepped into a puddle of snow, and now the bottom of her sock was wet. Now she had a complaint about her sock! Why was she here? Why did she exist? To complain to the creator about socks? Why had God not destroyed this draft, and started a new one already? What was he waiting to hear?

Pure Colour by Sheila Heti


"I'm beginning to think that unhappiness is one of the simple things in life: a pure, basic emotion to be respected, if not savoured. I would never dream of suggesting that we should wallow in misery or shrink from doing everything we to can alleviate it, but I do think it's instructive...If we don't allow ourselves the fundamental honesty of our own sadness, then we miss an important cue to adapt."

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May