Leave aside the school punishment known as Lines and there is not really an activity which you might call, writing sentences.
~ Prose Improvements
There is no more a reading cure than a talking cure, just the possibility of interludes of remission.
~ I Have Done This in Secret
Gender is an adjectival rather than nominal aspect of people’s selves and rarely uncomplicated.
~ The Best I Can Do
Real imaginative achievements are closer to the banal than the fantastic.
~ Materials and Medium: an Aesthetics
Most heroes are local heroes and temporary ones too, more suitable for writing about in history books than parked on a plinth, their only devotees pigeons and dogs.
~ Between Remembering and Forgetting
It’s an odd kind of intellectual life to poke around in the textual remains of a dead man, pulling out bits with a See, he was right!
~ Silence is So Accurate
It is part of being human that often enough we don’t quite know what we are doing.
~ Nabokov’s Dream
Authors - dead ones excepted - are obliged to promote their own work.
~ Sample Essays
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