Worse than writing that is bad, declared once Dashiell Hammett
to Lillian Hellman, is writing that is only half-
good, but I’d prefer to say it would be wrong to damn it
if it’s so half-good that it helps to make you laugh.
Every word that Lillian Hellman used to write would be
a lie, McCarthy (Mary) said, including “and”
and “the.” McCarthy (Joe) opposed lies, as emphatically
opposed to lies, not half-good- -don’t laugh! - -for the land.