If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.

Dec 272013

If you must choose, better to Joycify than Wallacize.

Dec 202013

Too much plot shows too little respect for one’s audience, and too little shows too much.

Dec 112013

The ellipsis is the shuffling derelict of punctuation.

Dec 062013

Integrity is the writer refusing to make allowances for the reader; philistinism is the reader refusing to make allowances for the writer.

Nov 292013

Good critics do not have good taste. They have articulate, consistent taste for which the reader can correct.

Nov 142013

It’s easy to be prolific — just keep repeating yourself.

Oct 082013

Minor masterpiece: What critics call a book they think they might have written themselves with a few more evenings and weekends free.