The dead alive and busy.

Jan 212016

We seem almost naturally to revere books, for which reading them is the only cure.

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.