"They tend to confirm one in one's own conceit -- unless they praise what you yourself don't like. Also, they make Good reviews bad for poets... you’re self-conscious about your virtues -- just as when you praise a child for some natural charm. Also, they create an underground opposition: applause is the beginning of abuse. Also, they deprive you of your own anarchic liberties -- by electing you into the government. Also, they separate you from your devil, which hates being observed and only works happily incognito."