Reading

The dead alive and busy.
—Vaughan

Mar 132013
 

Reading an author’s work for his life is like digging up a garden for manure.

Jan 082013
 

It takes half a lifetime to learn to read slowly.

Dec 272012
 

In hell you are forced to reread continuously all the books you loved when you were twenty.

Dec 122012
 

The reliable narrator is a literary convention.

Nov 272012
 

Asking a native to recommend a translation is like asking a local to recommend a hotel.

Nov 062012
 

Fiction is like sugar — healthful when scarce, toxic in the great gobs in which we actually ingest it.

Oct 262012
 

The self-justifying utterances of murderers, thieves, cowards, blowhards, and madmen all enter the quote books under Shakespeare.