I know, it's sick that I've never read Vonnegut. But I did love this bit from his introduction to Anne Sexton's Transformations.
"How do I explain these poems? Not at all. I quit teaching in colleges because it seemed so criminal to explain works of art. The crisis in my teaching career came, in fact, when I faced an audience which expected me to explain Dubliners by James Joyce.
I was game. I'd read the book. But when I opened my big mouth, no sounds came out."