Daily Quotable: Bad Reviews and Enthusiasm

“I have never once argued with a bad review. I expect them, and will receive them, over the course of my career. I also happen to have a very thick skin. (Try getting three novels universally rejected before you publish a single short story—it does wonders. Truly. I think this should be required in MFA programs: racking up as many rejections as it takes to no longer care.)”

Emma Straub, from “A Celebration of Enthusiasm,” a response to Jacob Silverman’s essay “Against Enthusiasm.” We humbly suggest that reading both will give you plenty to talk about this weekend.

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