"Successful writing is a matter of making effective choices; effective reading is a matter of remaining alert to the success of the writer’s choices—and of considering them in the light of the choices he did not make. The more firmly we can establish the writer’s objective by determining what he did choose and what he chose against, the more sharply we can fix the efficiency of his means."
- Gordon Lish, Preface to “New Sounds in American Fiction”
"Certain animals have intentions to awe, to comfort, to guide, to be gossipy—to be observant, to be sly, to be thoughtful, and more. To be witty, to come to light, to be worth waiting for."