Berlin inspired Bowie and stirred him to write about real, important matters.
– Rory MacLean
The idea of the state is, or should be, a very limited, prescribed idea. The state looks after the defense of the realm, and other matters – raising revenue to pay for things which are for all of us, and so on. That idea has turned turtle now. The state isn’t any longer perceived as an institution which exists to serve us.
– Tom Stoppard
Novelists who pretend to understand what keeps them scribbling are really just guessing. A profound, unmet childish need to be acknowledged? Maybe. It hardly matters, though. The termite that asks itself why it keeps chewing risks becoming sluggish and inefficient, as does the writer who grows self-conscious in the middle of chapter five.
– Walter Kirn