• Life, it is true, can be grasped in all its confused futility merely by opening one's eyes and sitting passively, a spectator on the stands of history - but to understand the social processes and conflicts, the interplay between individual and group, even the physicality of human experience, we have need of small-scale models.

    "You may now turn over your papers" by Geoff Dyer, Mary Midgley and Will Self, September 24, 2010.