Reading

The dead alive and busy.
—Vaughan

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.

Feb 182015
 

There is nothing that everyone should read but a lot that no one should.

Feb 122015
 

The reader properly resents coincidence. Life does not arrange itself to suit him; why should it arrange itself to suit the author?

Jan 122015
 

No one wants realism in fiction — only a bit of reality tinsel to decorate the old myths.

Dec 022014
 

Readers fall in love with villains because authors do.

Dec 012014
 

Scholarship

Magisterial: Pompous
Brilliant: Unreliable
Valuable: Trivial
Eccentric: Deranged
Classic: Dull
Formidable: Duller
Encyclopedic: Stupefying