Reading

The dead alive and busy.
—Vaughan

Feb 172017
 

Writers can write nonsense without ill effect. It is when readers put up with, then expect, and finally demand it that civilization ends.

Dec 272016
 

There are ways to praise a book that discourage reading it.

Nov 112016
 

If you believe the reviewers when they call you a genius, you will believe them when they call you a fool.

Oct 142016
 

There is a special reverence for literature found only in those who have spent their whole lives watching television.

Oct 132016
 

An unending series of plausible occurrences is impossible in life, and insisted on in fiction.

Sep 292016
 

I can skip the one book I must read if I read only one book this year, having read more than one book this year.

Sep 282016
 

The novel often triumphs as a lived experience and always fails as a recollected one.

Jun 172016
 

It is not easy for a woman to win an author’s heart; she has to read his books.