Category Archives: Literature

Suffocation

From Paris Requiem (2001) by Lisa Appignanesi: He stared out at the courtyard and felt the walls transform themselves into those of a suffocating fortress–a prison of conflicting emotions…

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Tombstone

From Paris Requiem by Lisa Appignanesi (2001). At a graveside service: He heard a sob and wondered whether it was his own. He had come a long way to do his grieving… Thought I’d left it at home

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Elinor

From Paris Requiem by Lisa Appignanesi (2001): You’ve heard all Elinor’s remarks about suicide. She talks of little else. She, with all her advantages. Yesterday, she made me lose my temper. I should tell you that I rarely lose my … Continue reading

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Rewind

From Elmore Leonard’s Pronto (1993). Joyce Patton, describing You know what happens when you play a country tune backwards? You get your girl and your truck back, you’re not drunk anymore and your hound dog comes back to life. I … Continue reading

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Wasp, Ant

From Elmore Leonard’s Pronto (1993) in which the protagonist, Harry Arno, discusses his wartime experience guarding poet Ezra Pound in Italy: Once, I asked him how he was doing. He said he was watching a wasp build a house with … Continue reading

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Getting Smaller

From Elmore Leonard’s Pronto (1993). Scene where U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, searching in Italy, has a sense that certain people may be setting him up to be… Going through Maurizio di Monti he passed a cluster of houses built close … Continue reading

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Open Book

From Edward Greenspon, “Why Canada’s an open book”, Globe and Mail, September 28, 2002, p. A2, during his time as the newspaper’s editor, a position he had assumed earlier that year: “What is a Canadian? You tell me what a … Continue reading

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