If you added up all the college education of Steinbeck, Hemingway, Faulkner you’d get almost to spring break of freshman year. …

Contemporary writing … has been influenced by the mid-century French style: psychological. Exploring your inner thoughts.

Most [American] writers today come out of M.F.A. programmes. There they’re taught to “write what you know”. And, wheuw, it is bo-o-ring.

Tom Wolfe

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