Who decides what is margin and what is text? Who decides where the borders of the homeland run? Absences and silences are potent. It is the eloquent margins which frame the official history of the land. As for geography, there are divisions and boundary lines that fissure any state more deeply than the moat it digs around the nationhood. In every country there are gaping holes. People fall through them and disappear. Yet on every side there are also doors to a wider place, a covert geography under sleep where all the waters meet.
Janette Turner Hospital (b. 1951), Australian novelist (born in Australia; raised in New Zealand; dividing residency between Australia and Canada). As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 3, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).