I decided to write Westerns

22 January 2017

I decided to write Westerns because there was a terrific market for Westerns in the ’50s. There were a lot of pulp magazines, like ‘Dime Western’ and ’10 Story Western’ that were still being published. The better ones paid two cents a word. And I thought, ‘I like Westerns.’

Elmore Leonard

Political tags

21 January 2017

Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

Robert A. Heinlein

It is clear

20 January 2017

It is clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way about. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying, and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down.

Agatha Christie, The Clocks

Don’t follow

19 January 2017

Don’t follow trends, start trends.

Frank Capra

Like dreams

18 January 2017

Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.

Jean Baudrillard

When I have a house of my own

17 January 2017

When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

Jane Austen

Martin Luther King Day

16 January 2017

Today is celebrated as Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in the United States and is a national holiday.

Non-government businesses don’t always observe this (and other) national holidays. However, in PG’s experience, the publishing business does. Thus, there’s a bit less grist for the TPV mill than usual today.

However, Dr. King was a marvelously fluent speaker, so reading a quote from him is almost always (for PG), an edifying experience.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

My house

15 January 2017

My house is a library with living rooms attached.

Bernard Berenson

Stories are for joining the past to the future

14 January 2017

Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.

Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

They carried the sky

13 January 2017

They carried the sky. The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they carried gravity.

Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

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