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By Anonym 13 Sep

Jo Walton

Bibliotropic," Hugh said. "Like sunflowers are heliotropic, they naturally turn towards the sun. We naturally turn towards the bookshop.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jo Walton

One of the things I've always liked about science fiction is the way it makes you think about things, and look at things from angles you'd never have thought about before.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jo Walton

Interlibrary loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilization.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

I will laugh about this one day, I told myself. I will laugh about it with people so clever and sophisticated I can't imagine them properly now.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jo Walton

I've always thought fairies are like mushrooms, you trip over them when you're not thinking about them, but they're hard to spot when you're searching for them.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

I hate those Socratic dialogues where everything gets drawn out at the pace of an excessively logical snail.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jo Walton

I don't need to be a radical to think that who a dragon is counts more than birth or wealth," Selendra said, with what dignity she could."Why, that's the very definition of a radical," he retorted.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Jo Walton

Our myths, our legends, aren't necessarily true, but they are truly necessary.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

I love you like stones fall downwards, like the sun rises.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Jo Walton

She felt her strong young body that she had never appreciated when she had it, constantly worrying that she didn't meet standards of beauty and not understanding how standards of health were so much more important.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Jo Walton

You are making Socrates's mistake of assuming the gods are good.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jo Walton

Reading is awesome and flexible and fits around chores and earning money and building the future and whatever else I’m doing that day. My attitude towards reading is entirely Epicurean—reading is pleasure and I pursue it purely because I like it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jo Walton

Libraries really are wonderful. They're better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jo Walton

Avan was as religious as the next young dragon with his way to make in the world-which is to say that he held many traditional beliefs which he had never paused to examine, attended church because it would have seemed strange not to, rarely paid much attention when he was there, and found piety out of the pulpit thoroughly misplaced.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

Hippopotamus, As the leaves fall to the ground Mechs now leave Japan

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jo Walton

They could take the money from building enough nukes to kill all the Russians in the world and give it to libraries. What good does an independent nuclear deterrent do Britain, compared to the good of libraries?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jo Walton

There may be stranger reasons for being alive. There are books There’s interlibrary loan. There are books you can fall into and pull up over your head.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jo Walton

You know, class is like magic. There's nothing there you can point to, it evaporates if you try to analyse it, but it's real and it affects how people behave and makes things happen.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

I can't talk about my childhood at all, because cannot say "I" when I mean "we," and if I say "we" it leads to a conversation about how I have a dead sister, instead of what I want to talk about. I found that out in the summer. So I don't talk about it.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

Interlibrary loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilization. Libraries really are wonderful. They’re better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

I'm not sure I ever want to get married. I'm neither messing around while waiting nor looking for some "real thing." What I want is much more complicated. I want somebody I can talk to about books, who would be my friend, and why couldn't we have sex as well if we wanted to? (And used contraception.) I'm not looking for romance. Lord Peter and Harriet would seem a pretty good model to me.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

I don't think you realize how different it is for me than for you. You can make your way by your own wits and claws, while I must always be dependent on some male to protect me. Wits I may have, but claws I am without, and while hands are useful for writing and fine work they are no use in a battle.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Jo Walton

Marx is like Plato, he has dreams that can't come true as long as people are people.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Jo Walton

My mother was a pathetic patchwork witch who had used magic so much to meddle in her own life that she had no integrity left and was nothing but a coil of hatreds consuming themselves in futility. We had already hedged her power, with the help of the fairies.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

I didn't laugh, but it was a near thing. It's hard when someone is just exactly like a parody.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jo Walton

books as objects are not what books are, it's not what's important about them

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

I like her. She's restful.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

For that is to be my purpose here, you see, to teach rhetoric to you children: I, who was never a teacher but who liked to converse with my friends and seek out the nature of things.” “They have their own imagination of who you are, but you are not that,” Kebes said. “Now that’s true,” Sokrates said. “And perhaps what I shall teach is not what they expect me to teach.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

Elms are dying all over the place, it's Dutch elm disease. [...] It came from America on a load of logs, and it's a fungal disease. That makes it sound even more as if it might be possible to do something. The elms are all one elm, they are clones, that's why they are all succumbing. No natural resistance among the population, because no variation. Twins are clones, too. If you looked at an elm tree you'd never think it was part of all the others. You'd see an elm tree. Same when people look at me now: they see a person, not half a set of twins.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Jo Walton

You know what I'd love to read? A Dialogue between Bron and Shevek and Socrates. Socrates would love it too. I bet he wanted people who argued. You can tell he did, you can tell that's what he loved really, at least in The Symposium.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Jo Walton

magic can make things happen before you do it. It can make things have happened.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jo Walton

At home I walked through a haze of belongings that knew, at least vaguely, who they belonged to. Grampar’s chair resented anyone else sitting on it as much as he did himself. Gramma’s shirts and jumpers adjusted themselves to hide her missing breast. My mother’s shoes positively vibrated with consciousness. Our toys looked out for us. There was a potato knife in the kitchen that Gramma couldn’t use. It was an ordinary enough brown-handled thing, but she’d cut herself with it once, and ever after it wanted more of her blood. If I rummaged through the kitchen drawer, I could feel it brooding. After she died, that faded. Then there were the coffee spoons, rarely used, tiny, a wedding present. They were made of silver, and they knew themselves superior to everything else and special. None of these things did anything. The coffee spoons didn’t stir the coffee without being held or anything. They didn’t have conversations with the sugar tongs about who was the most cherished. I suppose what they really did was physiological. They confirmed the past, they connected everything, they were threads in a tapestry.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jo Walton

If I were omnipotent and omnibenevolent I wouldn't be so damn ineffable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jo Walton

Magic isn't inherently evil. But it does seem to be terribly bad for people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jo Walton

Before I got glasses, I thought Monet was the world's only realist landscape painter.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jo Walton

I am reading The Lord of the Rings. I suddenly wanted to. I almost know it by heart, but I can still sink right into it. I know no other book that is so much like going on a journey. When I put it down to this, I feel as if I am also waiting with Pippin for the echoes of that stone down the well.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

I'm so glad I have my own copy. I can read them again and again. I can read them again and again on trains, all my life, and every time I do I'll remember today and it will connect up. (Is that magic?)

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

I did not buy a book called Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen Donaldson, which has the temerity to compare itself, on the front cover, to 'Tolkien at his best.' The back cover attributes the quote to the Washington Post, a newspaper whose quotations will always damn a book for me from now on. How dare they? And how dare the publishers? It isn't a comparison anyone could make, except to say 'Compared to Tolkien at his best, this is dross.' I mean you could say that even about really brilliant books like A Wizard of Earthsea. I expect Lord Foul's Bane (horrible title, sounds like a Conan book) is more like Tolkien at his worst, which would be the beginning of The Simarillion. The thing about Tolkien, about The Lord of the Rings, is that it's perfect.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jo Walton

I sat on the bench by the willows and at my honey bun and read Triton. There are some awful things in the world, it’s true, but there are also some great books. When I grow up I would like to write something that someone could read sitting on a bench on a day that isn’t all that warm and they could sit reading it and totally forget where they were or what time it was so that they were more inside the book than inside their own head. I’d like to write like Delany or Heinlein or Le Guin.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jo Walton

You can't do magic with books unless they're very special copies.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jo Walton

They want me to do something, and I'll do it, or I won't do it, and it'll work or not, and I'll survive or not.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Jo Walton

You can never be sure where you are with magic.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Jo Walton

You couldn’t get worse food, or food more detached from nature, if you tried. If you have an apple, you’re connected to an apple tree. If you have a dish of set custard and half a glace cherry you’re not connected to anything.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jo Walton

This isn’t a nice story, and this isn’t an easy story. But it is a story about fairies, so feel free to think of it as a fairy story. It’s not like you’d believe it anyway.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jo Walton

There's a way that money is freedom, but it isn't money, it's that money stands for having a choice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jo Walton

If the purpose of literature is to illuminate human nature, the purpose of fantastic literature is to do that from a wider perspective. You can say different things about what it means to be human if you can contrast that to what it means to be a robot, or an alien, or an elf.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jo Walton

I had said that Le Guin's worlds were real because her people were so real, and he said yes, but the people were so real because they were the people the worlds would have produced. If you put Ged to grow up on Anarres or Shevek in Earthsea, they would be the same people, the backgrounds made the people, which of course you see all the time in mainstream fiction, but it's rare in SF.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jo Walton

It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jo Walton

In a science fiction novel, the world is a character, and often the most important character. In a mainstream novel, the world is implicitly our world, and the characters are the world.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Jo Walton

Maybe he [Plato] really couldn't imagine agape between men and women, and he thought agape between men wouldn't be affected by them going off to women at the festivals. Sokrates was married, and Aristotle, but never Plato.