Note to Christopher Busa (letters,10/14/07): if you want to defend a man like Norman Mailer who stabbed his second wife with a knife, avoid phrases like "a pen is not a knife to stab someone when he is down."
"I detest the notion of a new dawn in which homo sapiens would live in harmony. The hope this Utopia engenders has justified the bloodiest exterminations in history." --Francois Bizet, Khmer Rouge survivor
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." --C.S. Lewis