Mario Vargas Llosa

Intuition, fantasy or madness told my late friend Carlos Martínez Moreno that it was his novelistic talisman and not the smooth running of the engines or the skill of the pilots that kept the planes he travelled in free of harm and mishap

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Adolfo Bioy Casares

Someone at the Information Agency thought of calling the phenomena at the earth's core which disturbed us every night, shiftings: successive shiftings of the continental mass from south to north, which finally left Ushuaia above the 25th parallel, and Caracas above the 50th parallel, at the latitude of Quebec

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Tishani Doshi

After their father left, the daughters of Clara grew heftier and more silent. Grey streaked their hair even though they were still young women. They were only ever seen at church, or at the market. The villagers sympathized with them. To be rich and unattractive was a difficult thing to bear

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Italo Calvino

I took my place behind the wheel in order to reach her as fast as possible; but the more I go forward the more I realize that the moment of arrival is not the real end of my race... What counts is communicating the indispensable, skipping all the superfluous, reducing ourselves to essential communication

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Rocket, Chandigarh, India, 2009 by Jason Orton

Fear of flying wells up suddenly, when people not lacking in imagination and sensitivity realize that they are thirty thousand feet in the air, travelling through clouds at eight hundred miles an hour, and ask "What the hell am I doing here?"
Mario Vargas Llosa

Paper cuts

John Stezaker

In the latter half of the 1980s, I produced a number of collages and silkscreen prints that took their titles from Calvino's stories and collections. One reason for my appropriation of Calvino's titles was to acknowledge my debt to his writings and especially to Cosmicomics

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Taryn Simon

These photographs are part of a set of 1,075 images taken at both the US Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the US Postal Service International Mail Facility at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport

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