“He then described his requisites for reading the assigned books. He said we did not need to know anything about their historical context, and that we should under no circumstance identify with any of the characters in them, since novels are works of pure invention. The authors, he continued, had one and only one purpose: to enchant the reader. So all we needed to appreciate them, aside from a pocket dictionary and a good memory, was our own spines.”
– From “An A from Nabokov” at nybooks.comNichelle Nicholas, who played Lt. Uhura, changed her mind about leaving the “Star Trek” TV series because someone talked her out of it. Who?“To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.” – Aldous Huxley“Why are you so confident in that judgment? How many states permit gay couples to marry?” – Justice Antonin Scalia, on whether there has been a “sea change” in opinion on gay marriage since the Defense of Marriage Act law was enacted.The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.tranche (trahnch), n. – any part, division or installment, as in: “The Obamacare bill was so long it should have released in three tranches.”On this date in 1981, President Reagan was wounded by John W. Hinckley Jr.While general vocabulary and knowledge about the world often stays sharp through one’s 70s, memory for names begins to decline as early as age 35, says RandomHistory.com.