Notes for a Young Gentleman

The opening of the new novel:     and the opening of the new novel:   Until you have read this through, do not write in it. If you choose to do so thereafter, that is your own mistake. It was spooked England, all laid out below and invisibly rushing up towards one—thirty-two feet per […]


Aphorisms are opinions dancing with words – – tap-dancing. Writers of aphorisms are the tap-dancers of prose – at best, they are Fred Astaire; at worst, Fred Flintstone. A successful aphorism isn’t merely a memorable phrase, it’s a world-view up on its toes. ‘Even if you don’t agree with what I am saying’ – an aphorism says […]