Reading – Everything


The dead alive and busy.

Nov 102022

Children’s literature posits a compact between author and reader: though the reader may look like a frog to all the uncaring world, the author knows he is a handsome prince, and it can be their little secret. Harry Potter is children’s literature. So is Confederacy of Dunces.

Oct 192022

One must read widely to discover the few books to read deeply.

Aug 222022

The academic bibliography buries the ten books the author has plagiarized among hundreds that he has barely read.

Aug 052022

I always inspect what people read in public, but guiltily, the way boys look up skirts from under the bleachers.

Feb 072022

A few books, like Beerbohm’s Zuleika Dobson and certain novels by Wodehouse, are unglossable, complete and perfect in themselves. They may succeed with the public but never with the critics, who before them feel their own irrelevance too acutely.