Readers fall in love with villains because authors do.
The dead alive and busy.
To read well you have to live a little.
The reader will often reject, when it is explained and argued for, what he would swallow if it were stated baldly and unadorned.
Write in the margin as you would speak to the author.
News is noise.
We say of indelible characters from life that they could be fictional; and from books, that they could be real.
In fiction we admire energy, not virtue. We root for the life-force, however it manifests.
One often hears complaints against morally improving books, as if it were better to be degraded by one’s reading.
The footnotes are the most important part of corporate annual reports, and the same is often true of non-fiction.