This is from the intro of the book Snuffy bought me for the holidays. It’s to the point, beautifully phrased, and encapsulates something I relate to, very much, in my role as a teacher of writers. In fact, it might pass for a 2012 resolution if it weren’t something I’m trying to get others to do.
I am committed by trade to urging people to attend carefully to the verbal surfaces of what they read.
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt