Kwame Anthony Appiah: “For hundreds of years, mathematicians tried to do what was called ‘squaring the circle.’ Once you get clear about what’s involved there, you can see that it doesn’t even make sense to propose to ‘square the circle’ because it can’t be done. But it took a while to figure out that it couldn’t be done. A long while. So a lot of our thoughts are really not thoughts, they’re things masquerading as thoughts.”

“It’s cool to think about works of literature enjoying a kind of afterlife, free from their meddling makers; about poems rising triumphantly from the ashes of poets.”

“Four hundred and fifty-four scripted original series aired in the U.S. in 2016. The industry needs writers and, black-hole-like, is sucking in galaxies of them.”

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