It has to be a rule, I think, that when a family member gives you his new book, you stop what you’re doing and read it. Having a brother-in-law for a writer could have turned out really, really badly. … He could have written books that I hated, or found impossible to get through. (Imagine if your brother-in-law wrote Finnegan’s Wake, and you were really busy at work. Or you weren’t really a big reader.) [from Nick Hornby’s The Polysyllabic Spree, p18]
I’ve been working my way through my brother-in-law’s book for a while now, slowly but most surely. “Nature is a solemn fact, a glorious reality, which ought to move us to higher thought and true nobility” (Clarence King, quoted in The Humboldt Current, p194).