Friday, August 02, 2019

Quote of the Week: Snappy Answers to Your Questions

With admirable concision, you ask, 'What caused you to write The Book of the New Sun, and how were you able to do it?'

Obviously, those are two questions sharing a single mark; and obviously too, both can be answered on a number of different levels. I might, for example, answer, 'Free will. And I own a typewriter.' But I think your readers might be impatient with both those replies.
 - Gene Wolfe, "Helioscope," p. 217 in Castle of Days

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