Monday, October 26, 2009

Kindness, decency ...

... and common sense. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

It may be possible to be a great chess master, or logician, or mathematician, without being a half-way decent human being, but it’s certainly not so for novelists. While many novelists have been monsters, i feel that even with a narcissist like Thomas Mann there is some fineness of character – even if it was only deployed in his novels.

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