Marvin Mudrick was a professor at the University of California Santa Barbara and the founder of the university's College of Creative Studies. Literary Gaucho.
"What I'm going to say now is of the highest importance. I would not tear papers apart — say they're no good and say they don't work — unless I believed that all of you are capable of writing good fiction. I do believe this. I think there are some of you who have taken this class about six or seven times and still don't believe that I believe this, but I do. That is, I do think it would be cruel to — I mean it's like attacking a paraplegic for not doing a marathon. If you can't do something you just can't do it, and it's wrong for people to make fun of you if it's physically or mentally or morally impossible for you to do something."