Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite. A good writer writes what he believes to be true; a bad writer puts down what he believes his readers believe to be true. The good writer believes the intellectual and moral responsibility of his audience to be equal to his own; the bad writer considers the opposite posture proper. The popularity of a piece of writing will always tell you more about the state of critical letters and public taste than it will about the excellence of the work. – Edward Albee, Saturday Review, Creativity and Commitment, May 4, 1966

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