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Wallace Stegner, The Art of Fiction No. 118
Issue no. 115 (Summer 1990)
I don’t think straitjackets are the way to get at fiction. I would rather define the novel as Stendhal did, as a mirror in the roadway. Whatever happens in the road is going to happen in the mirror too.