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  • “Servants from the House Absolute, it seemed, had brought timbers and nails, tools and paint and cloth in quantities much greater than we could possibly make use of. Their generosity had waked the doctor’s bent toward the grandiose (which never slumbered deeply) and he alternated between assisting Baldanders and me with the heavier constructions and making frantic additions to the manuscript of his play.”

    —Gene Wolfe, The Claw of the Conciliator

    October 8, 2010

  • A Galápagos giant tortoise, perhaps?

    April 5, 2009