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The book is the most efficient technological instrument for learning that has ever been devised by the human mind.
This book forced itself on me while I was trying to write something else, and it probably still bears the marks of the reluctance with which a great part of it was composed.
The Great Code was a silly and sloppy book. It was also a work of very great genius. The point is that genius is not enough. A book worthy of God and of Helen [Frye's wife] must do better than that.
Finnegans Wake is not a book to read, but a book to decipher: as Joyce says, it's about a dreamer, but it's addressed to an ideal reader suffering from ideal insomnia.
The Book of Revelation, difficult as it may be for "literalists," becomes much simpler when we read it typologically, as a mosiac of allusions to Old Testament prophecy.
The real Bible is a sealed book, an apocryphon, a book not to be opened (mentally) until its time has come.
Yesterday's kook book becomes tomorrow's standard text.
Even the biggest book is fragmentary: to finish anything, you have to cut your losses. Nobody every writes his dream book.
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