“[Infinite Jest] was about five hundred pages longer. Of which four hundred unambiguously needed to go, and the other hundred was painful.
“That’s like losing a whole novel.
“It’s not really a novel; it’s not supposed to be a novel.
“The definition of a novel is … I never thought of this as a novel, I thought of it as a long story.”
– from Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, by David Lipsky (p.79)