Toutes les erreurs de la critique commises ?

Toutes les erreurs de la critique commises ? mon ?gard, ? mes d?buts, furent qu’elle ne vit pas qu’il ne fallait rien d?finir, rien comprendre, rien limiter, rien pr?ciser, parce que tout ce qui est sinc?rement et docilement nouveau – comme le beau d’ailleurs, porte sa signification en soi-m?me. La d?signation par un titre mis ? mes dessins est quelquefois de trop, pour ainsi dire. Le titre n’y est justifi? que lorsqu’il est vague, ind?termin?, et visant m?me confus?ment ? l’?quivoque. Mes dessins inspirent et ne se d?finissent pas. Ils ne d?terminent rien. Ils nous placent, ainsi que la musique, dans le monde ambigu de l’ind?termin?. Ils sont une sorte de m?taphore.
— Odilon Redon,

I ran across an excerpt today (in English

I ran across an excerpt today (in English translation) of some dialogue/narration from the modern popular writer, Paulo Coelho in his book: Aleph.(Note: bracketed text is mine.)… ‘I spoke to three scholars,’ [the character says ‘at last.’] …two of them said that, after death, the [sic (misprint, fault of the publisher)] just go to Paradise. The third one, though, told me to consult some verses from the Koran. [end quote]’ …I can see that he’s excited. [narrator]’ …Now I have many positive things to say about Coelho: He is respectable, inspiring as a man, a truth-seeker, and an appealing writer; but one should hesitate to call him a ‘literary’ writer based on this quote. A ‘literary’ author knows that a character’s excitement should be ‘shown’ in his or her dialogue and not in the narrator’s commentary on it. Advice for Coelho: Remove the ‘I can see that he’s excited’ sentence and show his excitement in the phrasing of his quote.(Now, in defense of Coelho, I am firmly of the opinion, having myself written plenty of prose that is flawed, that a novelist should be forgiven for slipping here and there.)Lastly, it appears that a belief in reincarnation is of great interest to Mr. Coelho … Just think! He is a man who has achieved, (as Leonard Cohen would call it), ‘a remote human possibility.’ He has won lots of fame and tons of money. And yet, how his preoccupation with reincarnation?none other than an interest in being born again as somebody else?suggests that he is not happy!
— Roman Payne

Actually, writers have no business writing about their

Actually, writers have no business writing about their own works. They either wax conceited, saying things like: ‘My brilliance is possibly most apparent in my dazzling short story, “The Cookiepants Hypotenuse.”‘ Or else they get unbearably cutesy: ‘My cat Ootsywootums has given me all my best ideas, hasn’t oo, squeezums?
— Connie Willis, The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories