Reading

The dead alive and busy.
—Vaughan

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

Aug 192014
 

The reader will often reject, when it is explained and argued for, what he would swallow if it were stated baldly and unadorned.

Aug 012014
 

Write in the margin as you would speak to the author.