Arthur Krystal: “Though young writers are enjoined to ‘Write what you know,’ it’s not especially useful advice when one doesn’t know much. Because it’s not experience, but what one does with it that makes someone worth reading. Clearly, I don’t know what it’s like to be black or white in 1810 and fight for the championship of England, but, then, who does? […] If a black writer or a Chinese writer or an Egyptian writer wants to write about the Holocaust, which decimated my family, then may the Muse be with you. What do I care about your ethnicity or background as long as you do justice to what happened?”

“There are fewer trains than usual today due to a shortage of trains.”

Jacqueline Yallop: “During the 18th and early 19th centuries, a series of distinguished ‘sapient pigs’ toured Europe and America reading minds, spelling names and telling the time.”

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