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The dead alive and busy.

Aug 222022

The typical academic bibliography buries the three books the author has plagiarized among hundreds that he has scarcely opened.

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.

Jan 182022

A reader more intelligent than the writer will read more than the writer intended, a reader less intelligent will read less, and a reader equally intelligent will read something entirely different.

Jan 102022

An aphorism should look wrong to half its readers and obvious to the other half.

Oct 202021

To fall out of love with a writer is the first step toward understanding him.

Oct 152021

The Zeitgeist is everywhere, but especially in bad books.