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Regardless of genre, length, historical epoch, setting, or other variables, what each of the Big Read titles has in common is sheer sticking power. It puts me in mind of this quote by William Faulkner, "The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life."

Going on the theory that all great artists are in some way in conversation with one another, here's a follow-up trio of quotes from Big Read authors.

"The goal of the artist is not to solve a question irrefutably, but to force people to love life in all its innumerable, inexhaustible manifestations." --- Leo Tolstoy

"I want to overhear passionate arguments about what we are and what we are doing and what we ought to do. I want to feel that art is an utterance made in good faith by one human being to another. Iwant to believe there are geniuses scheming to astonish the rest of us, just for the pleasure of it." --- Marilynne Robinson

"An artist should have no moral purpose in mind other than just his art." --- Willa Cather

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