Reading

The dead alive and busy.
—Vaughan

Jun 172020
 

So many readers seem delighted to find their own thoughts in an author; didn’t they hope for something better?

Feb 282020
 

The good reader blames himself first for obscurity, and to punish this habit with nonsense is worse than bad writing: it is depraved conduct.

Dec 232019
 

Intellectuals have to do a lot of hate-reading.

Nov 282019
 

It is more common to talk well than to listen well, and to write well than to read well.

Feb 282019
 

The Two Kinds of Useful Books

1. Technical, scientific, mathematical
2. Hurts your feelings

Oct 152018
 

If you’re going to read only one book on a subject, don’t bother.

Jun 072018
 

The first rung on the ladder of literacy is pedantry, or as we now say, fact-checking.