"The Leopard was published posthumously. His wife didn't care about literature, she liked smoking and clothes. He was an aristocrat. They lived in Palermo. That's everything in the world right there."
––James Salter, in conversation last night at the Center for Fiction, with executive director Noreen Tomassi (in response to a question about which books he might have like to have written himself, or would regard as great novels of the world in history)