Jubal on an Artist’s Praise

“But I am an honest artist. What I write is intended to reach the customer — and affect him, if possible with pity and terror… or at least divert the tedium of his hours. I never hide from him in a private language, nor am I seeking praise from other writers for ‘technique’ or other balderdash. I want praise from the customer, given in cash because I’ve reached him — or I don’t want anything.”

Jubal Harshaw