— Kurt Vonnegut, cited in Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story (via underpaidgenius)
One of the most obvious was not to do minor or silly books. That’s a really strange injunction if you look at literary history because most every novelist we accord major prestige did all sorts of things. The only way for me to obey, “OK, now you’re major: Stay major!” was to only write books as long, sorrowful and widescreen as “The Fortress of Solitude.”
It was a really meaningless injunction for me, but it was certainly there. I guess I frivolously — and some would say hopelessly — tried to negotiate with that by doing other kinds of books."
— Jonathan Lethem on the constraints of being a “major” author. (via Salon)