“It was all so beautiful, everything, from all directions, evenly, perfectly, balancing day with night, summer months with winter - like the mind holding all thoughts together in a single moment.”
NEW YORK CITY
"There it was, the city of ambition, the irresistible destination of all those who insist on being where things are happening - and he was among the victors!"
TOM WOLFE, ‘THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES’
“Maybe we can start again, in the rich land – in California, where the fruit grows. We’ll start over.”
‘THE GRAPES OF WRATH’
“Blood, he said. This country is much blood. This is thirsty country.”
CORMAC MCCARTHY, ‘BLOOD MERIDIAN’
"‘I alight at Esplanade in a smell of roasting coffee and creosote and walk up Royal Street. The lower Quarter is the best part. The ironwork on the balconies sags like rotten lace...'
WALKER PERCY, THE MOVIEGOER
THE DEEP SOUTH
"If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat."
I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
"It was invincibly cheerful, a toyland of white and pastel houses. A man running down these streets in desperate grief was indecently out of place."