"There were so many different ways to die, and I just need to know which was his.” (p. 256)

“I want to stop inventing. If I could know how he died, exactly how he died, I wouldn’t have to invent him dying inside an elevator that was stuck between floors, which happened to some people, and I wouldn’t have to imagine him trying to crawl down the outside of the building, which I saw a video of one person doing on a Polish site, or trying to use a tablecloth as a parachute, like some of the people who were in Windows in the World actually did.” (p. 257)

Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close