The dead alive and busy.

Jul 092015

The tragedy of human intercourse is that people’s two grand passions — their own health and their own children — interest no one else.

Jul 022015

Three qualities distinguish phony erudition: it’s all recent, it’s all humanities, and it’s all in one language.

May 202015

Many classics are now read only because so many others have already read them.

Apr 162015

A book that ossifies at exactly the same rate as its readers becomes a beloved contemporary classic.

Apr 132015

Books can also change lives for the worse.

Feb 182015

There is nothing that everyone should read but a lot that no one should.

Feb 122015

The reader properly resents coincidence. Life does not arrange itself to suit him; why should it arrange itself to suit the author?

Jan 122015

No one wants realism in fiction — only a bit of reality tinsel to decorate the old myths.