In hell you are forced to reread continuously all the books you loved when you were twenty.
The dead alive and busy.
Everyone who used to read is now too busy writing.
The reliable narrator is a literary convention.
Asking a native to recommend a translation is like asking a local to recommend a hotel.
Fiction is like sugar — healthful when scarce, toxic in the great gobs in which we actually ingest it.
The self-justifying utterances of murderers, thieves, cowards, blowhards, and madmen all enter the quote books under Shakespeare.
When reading fiction, ask which of the villains you resemble.
One reads so as not to believe everything one reads.