Last week I bridged the gap between 2018 and 2019 with the novels of Qiu Miaojin, Notes of a Crocodile and Last Words from Montmartre, and began my new year of reading on a high note.
Loyalty is not a passive, negative guardianship of the gate . . . It is an active, determined desire that demands total self-awareness and deliberate engagement.
—Qiu Miaojin, Last Words from Montmartre