Friday, September 23, 2016

Bake Right Off

Daily Dose

From Youth and The End of the Tether, by Joseph Conrad


"they had no professional reputation -- no examples, no praise.  It wasn't a sense of duty; they all knew well enough how to shirk, and laze, and dodge -- when they had a mind to it -- and mostly they had."

From Youth

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Caricature

Daily Dose

From A Gathering of Fugitives, by Lionel Trilling


"His wit was not of a malicious kind and so it was not feared; it was therefore despised, as was his pleasure in talk and his insatiable social curiosity."

From Profession: Man of the World

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Zen of Trump

Daily Dose

From Fortunata and Jacinta, by Benito Perez Galdos, translated Agnes Moncy Gullon


"He got so carried away reading he looked as if he'd fallen into a well where his eyes -- and with them his soul --swam in a torrent of letters."

From Volume Four, Chapter One: On Ave Maria Street