Aphorisms, epigrams, jottings ""from a writer's notebook"" -- these are a motley collection, some nuggets of pure gold, some revealing glimpses of a well-stocked mind, some ephemeral comments that seem relatively unimportant. But the question comes inevitably to mind -- what is the audience for this? Here are bits that one would give anything for were they immediately available for apt quotation at a specific time. But how make them ones own -- now that the reputedly useful jottings on the cuff must be relegated to other days, other fashions. There remains that small coterie- to which I hereby elect myself- of those who get sheer pleasure in sharing for brief moments, one phase or another of a reflection of a cultured mind, whether the topic be novelists, criticism, words, the avant-garde, or what other facet of the world of literature.