Do you know why books such as this are so important?
Because they have quality.
And what does the word quality mean?
To me it means texture.
This book has pores. It has features.
This book can go under the microscope.
You’d find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion.
The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more “literary" you are.
That’s my definition, anyway.
Telling detail. Fresh detail.
The good writers touch life often.
The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her.
The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.