She has always ridden the passions as if they were a magnificent horse.
1978 On Edna O'Brien. In the NewYork Times,1 Jan.
It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn’t wait to leave.Anatole Broyard
An aphorism is a generalization of sorts, and our present-day writers seem more at home with the particular.Anatole Broyard
The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait.Anatole Broyard
A good book is never exhausted. It goes on whispering to you from the wall.Anatole Broyard
Such a fatigue of adjectives, a drone of alliterations, a huffing of hyphenated words hurdling the meter like tired horses. Such a faded upholstery of tears, stars, bells, bones, flood and blood a thud of consonants in tongue, night, dark, dust, seed, wound and wind.Anatole Broyard
I remember a table in BarchesterTowers that had more character than the combined heroes of three recent novels I've read.Anatole Broyard
When Harriet goes to bed with a man, she always takes her wet blanket with her.Anatole Broyard
Chic is a convent for unloved women.Anatole Broyard