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…a new kind of narrator is born: no longer a man who describes things he sees, but at the same time a man who invents the things
around him and who sees the things he invents.
—Alain Robbe-Grillet, “Realism to Reality” in For a New Novel
Yes; I fish for fish. Not for souls. I do not know of a ‘soul’; I only know of fish. A fisherman fishes for fish; if he thinks he fishes for anything else, he is a fool; he deludes himself and those he fishes for.
—Edgar Barefoot in The Transmigration of Timothy Archer by Philip K. Dick
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
—from the Christian scripture, Matthew (Chapter 4, verses 18-20)
The English language is like a broad river on whose bank a few patient anglers are sitting, while, higher up, the stream is being polluted by a string of refuse-barges tipping out their muck.
—from The Unquiet Grave by Cyril Connolly
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