Espedair Street

There’s this sloth in the jungle walking from one tree to another, and it’s mugged by a gang of snails, and when the police ask the sloth if it could identify any of its attackers, it says, ‘I don’t know; it all happened so quickly…’

And that’s the way I feel. Everything seems to take about the right amount of time at the time, but later… Jeez, where did it all go? You look back, and sometimes you think, Did I really do all that?, and other times you think, Is that all there is? Is that all I managed to get done?

We are never satisfied. Don’t even know the meaning of the word.

Ian Banks, Abacus 1990 (Original release: Macmillan London Limited 1987)