“What model reader did I want as i was writing? An accomplice, to be sure, one who would play my game.”
― Umberto Eco, Postscript to The Name of the Rose
"It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop."