Anyway, I really liked this quote, this time around:
“What’s the correct solution?” Alice asked. “I mean, I know it worked, but there must be a better way.”
She took a timid sip of her wine, immediately followed by a less timid one.
“There isn’t one,” Janet said. “Or not a good one, anyway. That’s part of the point. This is Physical Magic. It’s messy. It’s crude. As long as you don’t knock the building down, it counts. And if you did it would probably still count.”
A lot of the book is really about reading and about writing. I especially think that quote is about writing; programming too, really, which I am feeling more and more is basically the same thing as writing -- I had this whole paragraph written about how people's snobby genre preferences correlate to people's snobby X preferences, but meh.