I came across the following quote while studying for comps today. I found it inspirational, even as trite as that sounds when I’m trying to maintain an ironic distance from myself. Here I am at my desk, trying to study everything there is to know about the history of the novel and the short story. I’m trying to know it all, in detail, for comprehensive graduate exams. But I want to know it all, anyway, in order to know what’s come before and to know how each artist has manipulated the craft.