Reading – Page 10 – Everything


The dead alive and busy.

Jul 152013

Unbending virtue dies on the page. Bores, prigs, hypocrites, blowhards, martinets — these are the glories of world literature.

Jul 052013

You stir up a lot of sunken knowledge when you reorganize your library.

Jun 262013

The great American creeps are Poe and Whitman, and the great American bores are Emerson and Hemingway.

Jun 042013

The worst hangover is the morning after you finish a bad book.

May 292013

There is little difference between collecting books and collecting porcelain elephants.

May 212013

We all know intimately many more fictional characters than real ones.

Apr 032013

In fiction murderers and thieves often elicit the reader’s sympathy and understanding; snobs and ingrates elicit only his contempt.

Apr 012013

We laugh at novels in which the weather tracks the moods of the characters, yet our own moods mostly track the weather.