Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
• P.J. O'Rourke •
Do you have a favorite P.J. O'Rourke book?
The web, then, or the pattern, a web at once sensuous and logical, an elegant and pregnant texture: that is style, that is the foundation of the art of literature.
• Robert Louis Stevenson •
Do you have a favorite Robert Louis Stevenson book?
Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.
• Kurt Vonnegut •
Do you have a favorite Kurt Vonnegut book?
As a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
• Kazuo Ishiguro •
Do you have a favorite Kazuo Ishiguro novel?
I suspect any serious reader has a first great book,
just the way anybody has a first kiss.
• Michael Cunningham •
Do you have a favorite Michael Cunningham book?
I am trying to make clear through my writing something which I believe: that biography—in general—can be literature in the deepest and highest sense of that term.
• Robert A. Caro •
Have you read Caro's award-winning, multi-volumed biography of Lyndon Johnson?
The key to thrillers is vicarious pleasure.
• Lee Child •
Do you have a favorite Lee Child book?
We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.
• Evelyn Waugh •
My favorite Evelyn Waugh novel is A Handful of Dust. Do you have a favorite?
I think of reading like a balanced diet; if your sentences are too baggy, too baroque, cut back on fatty Foster Wallace, say, and pick up Kafka as roughage.
• Zadie Smith •
Do you have a favorite Zadie Smith novel?
I wanted to pull down a book, open it proper, and gobble up page after page.
• Laurie Halse Anderson •
Do you have a favorite Laurie Halse Anderson book?