A good title is the title of a successful book.
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- When a book, any sort of book, reaches a certain intensity of artistic performance it becomes literature. That intensity may be a matter of style, situation, character, emotional tone, or idea, or half a dozen other things. It may also be a perfection of control over the movement of a story similar to the control a great pitcher has over the ball.
- There is something about the literary life that repels me, all this desperate building of castles on cobwebs, the long-drawn acrimonious struggle to make something important which we all know will be gone forever in a few years, the miasma of failure which is to me almost as offensive as the cheap gaudiness of popular success.
- A really good detective never gets married.
- A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
- However toplofty and idealistic a man may be, he can always rationalize his right to earn money.
- The moment a man begins to talk about technique that’s proof that he is fresh out of ideas.