Hard work makes easy reading or, at least, easier reading.
We are human, and nothing is more interesting to us than humanity.
Key metaphors help determine what and how we perceive and how we think about our perceptions.
If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.
When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas.
John Updike is always fun. And one of my former students, Tom Pynchon. And Harold Bloom, another former student.
It's amazing how, age after age, in country after country, and in all languages, Shakespeare emerges as incomparable.
If you learn one thing from having lived through decades of changing views, it is that all predictions are necessarily false.
The theories of the major philosophers of the 18th century secular enlightenment were biblical and theological in spite of themselves.
The survival of artistic modes in which we recognize ourselves, identify ourselves and place ourselves will survive as long as humanity survives.