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"This is the night of revelation. This is the night the dolls wake. This is the night of the dreamer in the attic. This is the night of the piper in the woods."
- Steven Millhauser, Enchanted Night

"This is the night of revelation. This is the night the dolls wake. This is the night of the dreamer in the attic. This is the night of the piper in the woods."

- Steven Millhauser, Enchanted Night

The Literary United States by Sarah Lutkenhaus

Knowledge is not for knowing: knowledge is for cutting.
Michel FoucaultThe Foucault Reader

Bookstore” cartoon from the Daily Sundial, September 27, 1966. This comic depicts various complaints about the bookstore including customer service, merchandising, and long waits. Delmar T. Oviatt Library. University Archives. CSUN University Digital Archives.

“My native gifts are not remarkable, but I have a certain force of character which has enabled me in a measure to supplement my deficiencies. I have common-sense. Most people cannot see anything, but I can see what is in the front of my nose with extreme clearness; the greatest writers can see through a brick wall. My vision is not so penetrating. For many years I have been described as a cynic; I told the truth. I wish no one to take me for other than I am, and on the other hand I see no need to accept others’ pretences.” ― W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer’s Notebook

“My native gifts are not remarkable, but I have a certain force of character which has enabled me in a measure to supplement my deficiencies. I have common-sense. Most people cannot see anything, but I can see what is in the front of my nose with extreme clearness; the greatest writers can see through a brick wall. My vision is not so penetrating. For many years I have been described as a cynic; I told the truth. I wish no one to take me for other than I am, and on the other hand I see no need to accept others’ pretences.” 
― W. Somerset MaughamA Writer’s Notebook

Beware of using up your last forty years in being the curator of your first fifty.
Allan GurganusOldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
"It began, inevitably, at a dinner party. That’s where the social action is in my country, among people of my class. Half the English feed fast and early and then go down the pub to drink beer, the other half eat a slow meal late and drink wine before, during and after."
- Michael Dibdin, Dirty Tricks

"It began, inevitably, at a dinner party. That’s where the social action is in my country, among people of my class. Half the English feed fast and early and then go down the pub to drink beer, the other half eat a slow meal late and drink wine before, during and after."

- Michael Dibdin, Dirty Tricks