Always consume your friends’ favorite art. It might be good, and if it isn’t, you can absorb yourself endlessly in wondering why they like it.
Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.
Children’s literature posits a compact between author and reader: though the reader may look like a frog to all the uncaring world, the author knows he is a handsome prince, and it can be their little secret. Harry Potter is children’s literature. So is Confederacy of Dunces.
Almost anything can be put into a work of art, which is the artist’s problem, and almost anything can be got out of it, which is the critic’s.
To portray competence in detail requires a genius; to portray genius in detail requires a god.
A story of only exciting parts is like a wardrobe of only exciting garments.
Criticism, even good criticism, helps you see what the critic describes and hinders you from seeing anything else.
Even public relations suffers from science-envy: it is no accident that Relativity came between Barnum and Bernays.
Only in the movies does it pour when it rains.
Critics prefer drama to comedy because drama can be chewed over endlessly, and who wants to talk about why something’s funny?
Public opinion is not what everyone believes, but what everyone believes everyone else believes.