"In many ways writing is the act of saying I, of imposing oneself upon other people, of saying listen to me, see it my way, change your mind. It’s an aggressive, even a hostile act. You can disguise its qualifiers and tentative subjunctives, with ellipses and evasions — with the whole manner of intimating rather than claiming, of alluding rather than stating — but there’s no getting around the fact that setting words on paper is the tactic of a secret bully, an invasion, an imposition of the writer’s sensibility on the reader’s most private space."
A book club of one.
With frequent meanderings into film, music, art and ephemera.
- On Being Blue
To celebrate the New York Review of Books’ reprint of William H. Gass’s...
- “In art, what’s really being said is what’s been left unsaid.”