From Paris Review interview with Kenzaburo Or
What do you mean by sentimentality?
The best definition comes from Flannery O’Connor. She said that sentimentality is an attitude that does not confront reality squarely in the face. To feel sorry for handicapped people, she said, is akin to hiding them. She linked this kind of harmful sentimentality to the Nazi’s extermination of the handicapped during World War II."
"Being playful= so important to a fulfilling creative life. Once you start writing to trend or genre, you lose that impish spark, that fire." Delilah S. Dawson, via Twitter (@delilahsdawson)
"That is the great fallacy; the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful." – Ernest Hemingway