I’m falling behind on The Summing Up, but the chapters are getting a lot longer. The material isn’t so much dense—at least at this point in the book—but there’s a lot of it. Maugham’s writing to hear himself talk and he’s funny. Still, I can no longer pick up the book and read a chapter in a few minutes. No more pithy Maugham quotes readily available. He’s less pithy when he goes on at length and then I’m forced to take a harder look at the book than I prefer.