"He's a lean boy taking long strides through the sabbath heat. Visibly he has the illusion of knowing where he is going. Let us say, without conceit, that if any of his ideas on this subject were not illusion, there would be no story." -Thomas Keneally "Bring Larks and Heroes"
"He had never read any Foucault, and besides, I had a crush on his girlfriend, so we were never going to get along." -John Birmingham "He Died with a Felafel in His Hand"
"Why? Simply because I am interested in the past? No, if one means by that writing a history of the past in terms of the present. Yes if that means writing the history of the present." -Michel Foucault "Discipline and Punish"
"Never trust biographies. Too many events in a man's life are invisible. Unknown to others as our dreams. And nothing releases the dreamer. Not death in the dream, not waking." -Anne Michaels "Fugitive Pieces"
"And yet each one of these stories had an advantage: they appeared convincing in narrative terms, much more so than day-to-day or historical reality, which is much more complex and incredible, and they seemed to provide a good explanation for something that was diffiult to understand." -Umberto Eco "The Power of Falsehood"