A Little Vacation from Writing



The most obvious attraction of quotation is that it gives you a little vacation from writing—the other person is doing the work. All you have to do is type. But there is a reason beyond sloth for my liking of quotation at length. It permits you to show the thing itself rather than the pale, and never quite right, simulacrum that paraphrase is.

Janet Malcom, The Art of Nonfiction No. 4

Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy the long weekend.