Random, not particularly germane quotes from KWLS08.2

“I have seen the greatest minds of my generation destroyed by small talk.”

Annie Dillard, on why she was introducing Jake Silverstein, then getting the hell off the stage.

“You don’t judge a painting by how precisely it portrays the object it depicts.”

James Gleick in discussion with Janna Levin

“Physicists are the only ones allowed to talk about beauty with a straight face anymore”

Janna Levin in discussion with James Gleick

“It’s like trying to get puppies to look in the mirror.”

Billy Collins on getting poets to discuss how they think about their work. 

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