“One of my basic notions for a long, long time is that there is this mysterious mountain out there called reality. We novelists are always trying to climb it. We are mountaineers, and the question is, Which face do you attack? Different faces call for different approaches, and some demand a knotty and convoluted interior style. Others demand a great simplicity. The point is that style is an attack on the nature of reality.”
Norman Mailer, in his 2007 Paris Review interview.