The Phoenix Said

Quotes from whatever I happen to be reading.

“He has the strangest expression on his face – the emotional equivalent of 404 PAGE NOT FOUND.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“Now, computer, it is time for you to do my bidding.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“Somehow it snuck up on me: I am a bookseller.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“If fidgets were Wikipedia edits, I would have completely revamped the entry on guilt by now, and translated it into five new languages.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“But, of course, the point of a programming language is that you don’t just read it; you write it, too. You make it do things for you. And this, I think, is where Ruby shines:
Imagine that you’re cooking. But instead of following the recipe step-by-step and hoping for the best, you can actually take ingredients in and out of the pot whenever you want. You can add salt, taste it, shake your head, and pull the salt back out. You can take a perfectly crisp crust, isolate it, and then add whatever you want to the inside. It’s no longer just a linear process ending in success or (mostly, for me) frustrating failure. Instead, it’s a loop or a curlicue or a little scribble. It’s play.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“There’s nothing worse than an incurious clerk.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“At first I thought I had a crush on her, but then I realized she’s an android.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“He’s like a storybook spirit, a little djinn or something, except instead of air or water his element is imagination.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“But when people are past a certain age, you sort of stop asking why they do things.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“Some of them are working very hard indeed”
“What are they doing?”
“My boy!” he said, eyebrows raised. As if nothing could be more obvious: “They are reading.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore