Fiction came quite a while later. I began with short stories and fiction for children.
No one wants to live in a wheelchair unable to talk, only winking once for yes and twice for no. It’s perfectly reasonable that there will come a point where the balance of judgment of life over death swings the other way.
The reading or non-reading a book will never keep down a single petticoat.
RFK was a compelling figure because he was willing to challenge his audiences, and in turn connect with them in a unique way. Kennedy showed that our values define us and can inspire others to believe in the possibility of change and a better society.
To appreciate present conditions, collate them with those of antiquity.
A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.
I wish the word whimsical wasn’t used now.
In the grip of a neurological disorder, I am fast losing control of words even as my relationship with the world has been reduced to them.
When we study Shakespeare on the page, for academic purposes, we may require all kinds of help. Generally, we read him in modern spelling and with modern punctuation, and with notes. But any poetry that is performed – from song lyric to tragic speech – must make its point, as it were, without reference back.
He was what I often think is a dangerous thing for a statesman to be – a student of history; and like most of those who study history, he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.