Reading

The dead alive and busy.
—Vaughan

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.