Coriolanus and the Realms of Immanence
"Coriolanus tries hard to deny his contingency, his dependency, his limitation. His mother terrifies him because, at the end of the day, she represents the mortal point of his origins, and the mortal point also of his end: the womb and the tomb converge, as if in a proverb."
Striving for an F
"When we nearly collided with another car shooting the gap, Dad had shot out his right arm to flip off the offending driver, punching me in the nose. His face had colored such a deep red that as I'd picked up my fallen glasses, I'd forgiven him immediately."
An Interview with Elise Kermani
"Hestia created letters of the alphabet from the things she saw at the barn — the shape of a window became the Phoenician letter 'H', a hole in one of the stones became 'aleph' or 'A', the full shape of the barn became 'bet' or 'B', and finally, she fills the barn with water and creates the letter 'mem' or 'M'."
PARADOXES OF THE IMAGINATION in Calvin and Hobbes
"Comic strips are not, by and large, realistic; they do not aim to show the world as it really is; for the world as it purports truly to be the reader has all the other sections of the newspaper to turn to. Rather, the task of a well-conceived comic strip is to establish and then prompt reflection upon the conventions that bind its own reality."