“Gary [Lutz] was the first writing teacher I had who showed me that the sentence was capable of art. He would underline good sentences and interrogate bad ones. Verbs would be circled and Gary would ask ‘inevitable?’ And no, the verb was not inevitable, and I’d never considered that concept before, inevitability. It smacks of the eternal, a text beyond the writer to which the writer submits.”
Dylan Nice, “An Interview with Dylan Nice,” interview by Rachel Yoder, Bookslut March 2013

[See Vladimir Nabokov and William Gaddis.]