Wanting people to like you corrupts your writing. Rachel Cusk to Judith Thurman in The New Yorker
She writes with a rare, thrilling confidence, in a lucid and exacting style uncluttered with the sort of steroidal imagery and strobe flashes of figurative language that so many dutifully literary novelists employ. -Alexandra Schwartz on Sally Rooney's novel "Conversations with Friends"
I don’t think you can write a book that’s worth anything without extraordinary discipline. -GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ