Quotes sent me by WAB, from Vonnegut, long ago

November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

On travel (exterior and interior): I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.

On writing: 

1. Find a subject you care about.
2. Do not ramble, though.
3. Keep it simple.
4. Have the guts to cut.
5. Sound like yourself.
6. Say what you mean to say.
7. Pity the readers. 

On literary criticism: As for literary criticism in general: I have long felt that any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel or a play or a poem is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae or a banana split. 

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