Reading

The dead alive and busy.
—Vaughan

Sep 282015
 

He who can, writes books; he who cannot, writes books for children.

Sep 212015
 

The punster, the grammarian, the nitpicking fact-checker all display contempt for what is being said. They counterfeit attention.

Jul 092015
 

The tragedy of human intercourse is that people’s two grand passions — their own health and their own children — interest no one else.

Jul 022015
 

Three qualities distinguish phony erudition: it’s all recent, it’s all humanities, and it’s all in one language.

May 202015
 

Many classics are now read only because so many others have already read them.

Apr 162015
 

A book that ossifies at exactly the same rate as its readers becomes a beloved contemporary classic.

Apr 132015
 

Books can also change lives for the worse.