Serviceable sentences, 2/10,000

The book as both object of contemplation and contemplative provocation seeks to restore silence for a distinct purpose: the reader reading becomes adept at deflecting all exhortation posing as information hurled against the slender bulwark of the private act, while attending to the business at hand, silent congress with an imagined world, one distinctly, but never wholly, of the writer’s invention.
—James McCourt, “Afterword” (2006) to What’s For Dinner?, by James Schuyler (1978)