• Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you

    Harold Bloom
  • How to read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do

    Harold Bloom
  • Since ideology, particularly in it's shallower versions, is peculiarly destructive of the capacity to apprehend and appreciate irony, I suggest that the recovery of the ironic might be our fifth principle for the restoration of reading. ... But with this principle, I am close to despair, since you can no more teach someone to be ironic than you can instruct them to become solitary. And yet the loss of irony is the death of reading, and of what had been civilized in our natures

    Harold Bloom
  • The aesthetic and the agonistic are one, according to the ancient Greeks

    Harold Bloom
  • (Wallace) Stevens turns to the idea of the weather precisely as the religious man turns to the idea of God

    Harold Bloom
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