Reading

The dead alive and busy.
—Vaughan

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.

Oct 112012
 

When reading fiction, ask which of the villains you resemble.

Oct 082012
 

One reads so as not to believe everything one reads.