We’ve collected the best Michael Dirda Quotes. Use them as an inspiration.
For years, I meant to read ‘Arabian Sands‘, Wilfred Thesiger’s account of two punishing camel journeys during the late 1940s across Southern Arabia’s Empty Quarter. Now that I have, I can sheepishly join the chorus of those who revere the book as one of the half dozen greatest works of modern English travel writing.
Many people know that Shakespeare‘s dramatic ‘canon‘ was established in 1623 by the publication of the so-called First Folio. That hefty volume contained thirty-six plays.
With concerted effort, I can follow written instructions, but don’t ask me to simply grasp how to operate a smartphone.
Throughout the European Middle Ages and Renaissance, Latin was the language of learning and international communication. But in the early modern period, it was gradually displaced by French. By the eighteenth century, all the world – or at least all of Europe – aspired to be Parisian.
I didn’t work for any newspapers in college, never worked for any newspaper before ‘The Washington Post‘.
In classic noir fiction and film, it is always hot. Fans whirr in sweltering hotel rooms, sweat forms on a stranger‘s brow, the muggy air stifles – one can hardly breathe. Come nightfall, there is no relief, only the darkness that allows illicit lovers to meet, the trusted to betray, and murderers to act.
It’s a sad commentary on our time – to use a phrase much favored by my late father – that people increasingly celebrate Christmas Day by going to the movies.
For even the ordinary well-read person, the French Enlightenment is largely restricted to the three big-name philosophes: Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire.