Reading – Everything


The dead alive and busy.

Jan 012024

Few men are great, but all great men are men, and when I read of one I want to be told how he was great, not how he was a man.

Dec 142023

The audience demands that you write not only for them but with them and about them — that you see with their eyes, only better.

Nov 142023

The specialist reviews the generalist: “A thorough and knowledgeable overview… regrettably full of errors on my particular subject.”

Nov 102023

To encounter an author who writes of how things are is a great shock, from which we recover by disputing how he might wish them to be.

Sep 222023

Pretentious nonsense is written in a certain unmistakable cadence, a low hum calculated to lull you into acquiescence through inattention. You’re not supposed to try too hard to piece the meaning together, and you are always sorry if you do.

Aug 222023

We would all be incomparably better-educated if we had read the same books in the right order.

Jul 132023

We used to burn old books; the modern refinement is to alter them.

Jan 232023

One can be ill-read on many books and well-read on a very few.