What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.
I went to church and couldn't swallow it. The music was nice but I don't belong there.
I was uncomfortable writing fiction. My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.
Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers. But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.
We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to secure the respect and attention of people who would otherwise look straight through us.
I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage - which no previous society has ever believed.
Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely, given the numbers of books that were written because authors couldn't find anyone to talk to.
Status anxiety definitely exists at a political level. Many Iraqis were annoyed with the US essentially for reasons of status: for not showing them respect, for humiliating them.
I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts, it's also how you say it - that the success of your argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it.