First: The sweetest phone solicitor conversation I've ever heard. Ever.
Also, for the readers and writers among us:
“We may never know what lies behind a certain turn of phrase, a choice of image, a decision about a character. But we can be sure that such writerly choices are not made in isolation, even if a writer thinks they're working completely "on their own." There's really no such thing as "on your own" when you join in the long conversation of creativity that flows down through the ages. When you step up to the pot to create your "own" recipe, you never really start from scratch.”--Beth the Bookworm on literary influence
Hat tips to CMR for the first, The Hog's Head for the second.
I'll try to get back to Fifty Favorite Books tomorrow.