The dead alive and busy.

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.

Feb 182014

Misspellers learn from speech, mispronouncers from books.

Feb 172014

Only the literary cannot profit from literature.

Dec 202013

Too much plot shows too little respect for one’s audience, and too little shows too much.

Dec 102013

Many books are least likely to be read by the people who would profit most by reading them.