The only living man

20 October 2017

The only living man who could commit five grammatical errors in a single sentence is dead.

Poet e e cummings on the death of Warren G Harding

One of the signs

19 October 2017

One of the signs of Napoleon’s greatness is the fact that he once had a publisher shot.

Siegfried Unseld

My definition

18 October 2017

My definition of a good editor is a man I think charming, who sends me large cheques, praises my work, my physical beauty, and my sexual prowess, and who has a stranglehold on the publisher and the bank.

John Cheever


17 October 2017

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

Robert A. Heinlein

You ask for the distinction

16 October 2017

You ask for the distinction between the terms ‘Editor’ and ‘Publisher’: An editor selects manuscripts; a publisher selects editors.

Max Schuster

In the future

15 October 2017

In the future, when Microsoft leaves a security-flaw in their code it won’t mean that somebody hacks your computer. It will mean that somebody takes control of your servant robot and it stands in your bedroom doorway sharpening a knife and watching you sleep.

Daniel H. Wilson

The remarkable thing

14 October 2017

The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good – in spite of all the people who say he is very good. — Robert Graves

Hamlet’s experience simply could not have happened to a plumber. — George Bernard Shaw

Enjoying success

13 October 2017

Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.

Nolan Ryan

Some people

12 October 2017

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.

Bill Shankly, manager of the Liverpool Football Club

Fifteen years ago

11 October 2017

Fifteen years ago, the internet was an escape from the real world. Now, the real world is an escape from the internet.

Noah Smith

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