Writing

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

Feb 172017
 

Writers can write nonsense without ill effect. It is when readers put up with, then expect, and finally demand it that civilization ends.

Feb 032017
 

The only hope for truly execrable prose is to call it poetry and break the lines in odd places.

Nov 112016
 

If you believe the reviewers when they call you a genius, you will believe them when they call you a fool.

Nov 092016
 

What you don’t know you can’t leave out.

Oct 262016
 

If you must write for an audience, why not the one you want to have?

Oct 182016
 

Literary talent consists largely in pronouncing sonorous absurdities with absolute conviction.

Jul 282016
 

Nobody writes for the love of it. At best you write because it is less painful than not writing.

Jul 252016
 

Poetry translations ought to have their credits reversed — poems by [translator], after [original poet].

Jul 122016
 

The adverb confesses the verb’s failure.