Bookish Matters

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Sunday, December 5, 2010

How to Write

Read over your compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

-Samuel Johnson, "Recalling the Advice of a College Tutor," Boswell, Life of Johnson, 1791

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