Life

“When they come across something wise or witty, or fond, or funny, or something obviously necessary to the whole, warmed readers make a little vertical mark on the page with their bookside pencils. Accordingly, then, the perfect novel would have perfect verticals running down the length of every margin. It never works out like that, because the novel is a tangled thing, and shifts its shape over the years.”

—Martin Amis, “Nabokov’s Grand Slam,” from The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971 – 2000

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