"Delay is natural to a writer. He is like a surfer—he bides his time. Waits for the perfect wave on which to ride in. He waits for the surge (of emotion? of strength? of courage?) that will carry him along." (E.B. White, The Paris Review Interviews, 1969)
Michael B's Blog blows me away. The guy writes great scholarship and does a pretty da*n good job of making me spit out my Diet Pepsi. Adept at the ludic and the tragic. But can he write good couplets?