Trouble Came to the Turnip
this librarian could knit a dress from a yogurt-pot;
now she must knit trousers with a silver hat-pin. She finds relief
in locking tabby-cats in her kitchen for thirty years.
On the thirtieth year, she knits them into bookmarks.
from A Gentlewoman's Pornography
The first one pulled aside the curtain. Had emerged from the awful red-fringed hole at the back. Perfect parallel to the memory hole. Only much larger. Finch could see the gray cap's face under the hat. Pulsing. Wriggling. The eyes so yellow. What did they see that he could not?
The gray cap stepped forward, onto the carpet.
In the light of day, on certain streets, Finch could almost pretend that the Rising had never happened. But not here. Not now. Any fantasy was fatal. Any fear.
Under the Skin
'Just watch,' she said. 'Don't talk. Just Watch'
Together they sat in Isserley's little car as the sky unburdened its load. Within half an hour all the land around them was dusted with white, and a brilliant crystalline lather was climbing up the windscreen.
I want you, Mr. Flood, to create for me an infinite book.
A book without end. Or beginning, for that matter.
M John Harrison
He asked the old man if he could see the bodies. The priest required Baudolino's help, because they had to shift the lid of the sarcophagus until they had uncovered the box in which the bodies were kept.
A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven
Karl O Knausgaard
The cafe is called Sarahs. there is no apostrophe. The cafe does not belong to Sarah. The cafe contains Sarahs, plural.
Patsy does not want to teach Baby Girl. 'She weighs less than Owl. And Owl is light as a feather.'
Patsy is cross.
Patsy folds her arms.
'Clients will like that,' I explain. 'The smaller the dom, the more the client has to submit.'
White is for Witching
'Did you want to be a film director?' asked Paprika, hoping to confirm her theory. The viewpoint of the dream instantly changed. Now it was seen through the director's eyes. Noda, the director, yelled at Paprika.
'Come on, it's ********! Ready! And-'
But before he could say 'Action', Paprika yelled back at him.
'Who's the cameraman?!' It could not have been Namba.
This appeared to come as a shock. Just as he was mouthing '********', Noda woke up. Paprika may have failed as a dream detective, but felt instinctively that she'd come close to the heart of the matter.
Primeval and Other Times
God created the Fourth World in a passion that brought Him relief in His divine suffering.
When he created man, He came to his senses - such an impression did he make on Him. So He stopped creating the world any further - for could there have been anything more perfect? - and now, in His divine time, He admired His own work. The deeper God’s vision reached into the human inside, the more ardently God’s love for man intensified.
But man proved ungrateful - he was busy cultivating the land and begetting children, and took no notice of God. Then in His divine mind arose sorrow, from which darkness seeped.
A Method Actor's Guide to Jekyll and Hyde
'Oh, um.' said Drew, all stinking of salt and vinegar. 'Harris reckons every babe is born with blue eyes. Every single baby.'
'Course they are,' said Harris.
'That's kittens you're thinking of, Einstein,' said Juliette.
I knew they hadn't been talking about babies and cats. Liars, all of them.
Well. It’s happened before, hasn’t it?
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