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You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture

Just get people to stop reading them. 
Ray Bradbury

"Language," she said, "is the one thing I really understand..."

I love A.S. Byatt for many things, chief among which being a slim book of stories she published about twenty years ago, named The Matisse Stories. One jewel after another, those three stories. I was reminded of her genius as I was looking the other day through one of them, named The Chinese Lobster.  On a margin of that book of stories I had jotted down a comment Byatt once made about language. "Language," she said, "is the one thing I really understand more than I care about sex or cooking or families or anything.... My best relationships are with other writers. In many ways, I know George Eliot better than I know my husband."
And I thought: This is so true for us all!We all go back to certain writers to find solace, and to be among people that show us that the world makes sense, after all. 
And so, here are, nine people who keep us honest.  They told the truth the way they saw it.  That's why it feels good to take a look at them from time to time and make fun …