Reading

The dead alive and busy.
—Vaughan

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.

Apr 282014
 

We say of indelible characters from life that they could be fictional; and from books, that they could be real.

Apr 172014
 

In fiction we admire energy, not virtue. We root for the life-force, however it manifests.

Mar 272014
 

One often hears complaints against morally improving books, as if it were better to be degraded by one’s reading.

Mar 202014
 

The footnotes are the most important part of corporate annual reports, and the same is often true of non-fiction.