Saturday, November 5, 2011
"a petering out of the reality of the book"
"What you call "thin" may more be a petering out of the reality of the book. I call your attention to various critical articles on the novel, one by Trilling and another by Jose-Ortega y Gasset. It is the job of the novel to stuff up all the cracks in the walls, to shut out the "actual" world by being entire -- and my novels evidently are not quite entire. I have not got all the cracks stuffed; the outside atmosphere seeps in and recalls the reader to the viewpoint of daily life."
-Philip K. Dick, in a 1960 letter to his editor
(thanks to Frank Bertrand for posting this quote)