Advice from tutors is usually sound because they are thinking about the craft; advice from publishers is frequently disastrous because they are thinking about the market; reviewers are thinking about their reputation.
And do you think you don't need to learn how to dissect a frog because you have discovered T. S. Eliot? Why do you think that? It's nonsense.
Puzzles, mirrors, infinite regressions, paradoxes; these perfectly crafted, erudite stories - despite their appeal to the intellect - grip like a vice.
Few people in Europe even know how to pronounce her name. But on the other side of the Atlantic Ayn Rand is more than a cult novelist, she is a cult figure — a totem for ultra-conservative free-marketeers. Anita Mason explores how Rand’s lurid popular novels helped establish a powerful economic and political movement.