Posted by Nathan P. on June 22, 2005
“All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool. The reader will like the book to the degree that he agrees with the writer about what’s cool. And that works all the way from the external trappings to the level of metaphor, subtext, and the way one uses words…The novel should be understood as a structure built to accomodate the greatest possible amount of cool stuff…put a sign on whatever wall you face when you’re writing. The sign says: And now, I’m going to tell you something really cool.
-Steven Brust, The Paths of the Dead pp.396-397. Also credited to Gene Wolfe.
I think you can see where I’m going with this.