by Mark Dorset
Boats, Rowboats, Sinking Boats
You must be precise, logical. Proceed methodically. There comes a point when you must, at all costs, be able to stop, reflect, really weigh up the situation. If there is a lake in the middle of your head, a possibility that is not only plausible, but quite normal, even though it may not be asserted without qualification, then it will take you a certain amount of time to reach it. There is no path, there never is a path, and, near the lakeside, you’ll have to be careful of the tall grass which is always dangerous at this time of the year. There won’t be a rowing boat either, naturally, there hardly ever is, but you can swim across.
— Georges Perec, A Man Asleep (translated by Andrew Leak)
[Numbers in the references below refer to pages in The Complete Peter Leroy (so far).]
is comforting, when one feels a bit “lost,” to be able to put one’s feet
up, close one’s eyes, and look back, as it were, along the road that one
followed from wherever one once was to wherever one may be now, to “retrace
one's steps,” and find, along that roadside, familiar milestones. It is
certainly comforting for me; for if I am feeling a bit “lost,” when I begin
such a backward ramble, I am often lost during it as well, wandering on
someone else’s road, or backing out of a cul-de-sac, and it is always a
great relief to come upon one of these milestones, or, if you prefer, landmarks.
— Peter Leroy, “My Mother Takes a Tumble”have in mind two sorts of cross reference — one concerned with words and the other with things.
— Denis Diderot, Encyclopedia
I should like to see the custom introduced of readers who are pleased with a book sending the author some small cash token: anything between half-a-crown and a hundred pounds. Authors would then receive what their publishers give them as a flat rate and their “tips” from grateful readers in addition, in the same way that waiters receive a wage from their employers and also get what the customer leaves on the plate. Not more than a few hundred pounds—that would be bad for my character—not less than half-a-crown—that would do no good to yours.
Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise
Copyright © 1996, 1997, 2001 by Eric Kraft
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