"Instead of perspicacity and authority, which in the predicting of the future are fatuous, there is beauty and strangeness, the qualities of art, which sees clearly and predicts nothing, at least on purpose."
"No matter its contents, no matter how it is imagined, any future lies not ahead in the stream of time but at an angle to it, a right angle probably. When we have moved on down the stream, that future stays anchored to where it was produced, spinning out infinitely and perpendicularly from there."
Jay and all here who love really great writing and fear not to read closely and carefully:
Read the following and you will have some idea why John Crowley is my favorite living author!
Even his essays rock!
And for something entirely strange, beautiful, and unique start with "Engine Summer," and then of course, "Little, Big."