"Writing is a skill, not a talent, and thus one's ability as a writer can be improved by thoughtful effort. The problem with some people is that they graduate college as good writers, experience early success on account of that, and thus never devote themselves diligently to the relentless quest for improvement that could make them great writers."
"When a mainstream critic calls a book or movie outrageous, daring, shocking, or revolutionary, it usually means it's the same old boring stuff: someone bares his ass or curses out Jesus or attacks some vestige of decency or honor that's managed to survive the cultural locusts. It's all so groundbreaking you can hardly keep from snoring. But when someone like Ann comes along . . ."