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Memory is curated. All this paraphernalia you collect to ward off forgetting
People don't want novelty - they want the reassurance of familiarity. No-one wants to be challenged, no-one wants to have their minds blown. There is an insatiable appetite for affirmation.
There are patterns because we try to find them. A desperate attempt at order because we can't face the terror that it might all be random.
Fashion is only different skins for different flavours of you.
Traffic in Joburg is like the democratic process. Every time you think it's going to get moving and take you somewhere, you hit another jam.
You have to get up pretty early in the morning to invent the news.
The problem with snapshots is that they replace actual memories. You lock down the moment and it becomes all there is of it.
Shakespeare would have it wrong these days. It's not the world that's the stage - it's social media, where you're trying to put on a show. The rest of your life is rehearsals, prepping in the wings to be fabulous online.
I really wanted to believe that there were these magic celestial bodies that would direct my life, tell me what to do, and it turns out it's not stars, it's some bits of screwy DNA. I'm just meat with faulty programming.
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And now, dear sister, I must leave this house or the retreating army will make me a prisoner in it by filling up the road I am directed to take.
June 5, 1976
Lauren Beukes is a South African novelist, short story writer, journalist and television scriptwriter.
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