From ORLANDO by Virginia Woolf
“To put it in a nutshell, leaving the novelist to smooth out the crumpled silk and all its implications, he was a nobleman afflicted with a love of literature. Many people of his time, still more of his rank, escaped the infection and were thus free to run or ride or make love at their own sweet will… It was the fatal nature of this disease to substitute a phantom for reality, so that...
stream of thought
“Handwritten letters, a word written in a certain hand like a voice that soothes simply by its familiarity…” fonts just don’t do the trick. …packing, going through stuff, found a legal pad sheet from when i lived in Boston, probably 2004, sort of a “these are a few of my favorite things” 2 page list. i think it’s from the day i locked myself out of...
She didn’t miss her father any less as the weather warmed, but by then her...– Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell (Norton)
Quentin had grown up with that; the mere names were interchangeable and almost...– Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner wow, it took a whole 6 pages for the word MYRIAD to show up!
"Quality reading builds antibodies against...
Pretty scathing review of America the Philosophical over at the LA Review of Books. Here are some choice quotes and turns of phrase: “That we are also a sub-literate breed is probably obvious, and probably the problem in the first place, since quality reading builds antibodies against bullshit.” “Jacoby revealed exactly how we came to be a nidus of anti-intellectual fervor and...