Among those quoted :
- from Ann Quin's Berg : "A man called Berg, who changed his name to Greb, came to a seaside town intending to kill his father."
- from L'Etranger, by Albert Camus : "Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know."
- Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep : "It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills."
- James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man : "Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo."
- Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar : "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."