Man is always beginning everything anew, even in his own life.
I grabbed him by the face and told him life only comes to a person once.
She favoured me with an even more viciously scornful “Don’t care!”
We never really had what might be considered a normal conversation.
Americans have always a kind of tenderness for cheat.
The stones here carry the island’s low cry inside them. A landlocked grief.
We’ve seen the news. We know the story. How even our bodies hurt us.
Keely finally stops crying when they step outside. The shock of cold.
Some days Barbie Chang wants to hang up her Asian boots.
Barbie Chang asks why the evil one always has black hair.
I hate it here, but I’ll make the best of it, because that’s what mothers do.
My advice can be succinctly expressed in three words: Persist, persist, persist!
When we’re all together like this it feels like hope is a possibility.
No one tells you what it sounds like out in the streets when bullets clang.
In the street waiting for a cab, Ann’s boyfriend entrusted me with the story.
Audio clips of Pultizer Prize winner Jennifer Egan on her work.
How many times had I passed it in a taxicab or walked within sight of it?
My grandfather has a space where the tip of his thumb should be.
Soon I will walk up those same back steps the police took by force.
And jesse, the smart bombs do not recognize the babies.
Please look away from Mars dangling so angry in so much darkness.
He got his wife off a German farmer, for whom he went to work one day.
Atomic bomb. How could those two words be said together?
You knelt down to kiss her, avoiding, of course, the wound at her brow.
Many people remarked upon the similarities between the flags.
The human heart is far more intricate than any single term can describe.
Ring, ring, ring at 2 a.m. means meth’s got my brother in the slammer again.
He’s in the back of the cop car, hands in handcuffs, shaped like infinity.
I push the stroller across the courts to the scene of the thing I don’t get.