"Occasionally his image of the general reader is almost too general to recognize. Who dreads philosophy so much they need easing into Plato like this? 'The word Plato has rather a boring sound. For some reason or other "Plato" always suggests to me a man with a large head and a noble face who never stops talking and from whom it is impossible to escape.'"
— Zadie Smith on E.M. Forster (on the BBC) on Plato, in The New York Review of Books, August 14, 2008