No one wants realism in fiction — only a bit of reality tinsel to decorate the old myths.
The dead alive and busy.
Readers fall in love with villains because authors do.
To read well you have to live a little.
The reader will often reject, when it is explained and argued for, what he would swallow if it were stated baldly and unadorned.
Write in the margin as you would speak to the author.
News is noise.
We say of indelible characters from life that they could be fictional; and from books, that they could be real.
In fiction we admire energy, not virtue. We root for the life-force, however it manifests.
One often hears complaints against morally improving books, as if it were better to be degraded by one’s reading.