Saturday, September 15, 2007

Learn to Enjoy It

A tale charms by its ingenuity, by the plausibility with which it overcomes the suspicion that it couldn’t happen. That is art. Learn to enjoy it.
— Jacques Barzun, Street Encounter Past Midnight: The Nonbeliever’s Comeuppance, in Dilys Winn, ed., Murder Ink: The Mystery Reader’s Companion New York 1977, 17.

The nonbeliever is Edmund Wilson.