“There’s something about writing fiction that badly unfits you from reviewing it. When you’re writing a novel, you have to stay focused on what this one gleaming ideal of what fiction should be. You narrow your taste deliberately, so that all that’s left is this one notional book you’re trying to create, and everything else falls away.
“Being a novelist demands arrogance. To be a good critic, you have to be humble.”” —Judge and jury - Writers and Writing - Salon.com