It has been said that it is somewhat disillusioning to make the acquaintance of writers in person and that it is better to be satisfied with enjoying their work. This is less true of the general category of authors than it is of those who write upon religious, mystical, and philosophical subjects. Readers form preconceptions of what the authors of such books must be like personally and physically, but such pictures are based upon their bias, their prejudice, the limits of their reading and experience--especially social experience. So they receive a surprise, sometimes even a shock, when they find that the reality does not coincide with the preconception.
-- Notebooks Category 14: The Arts in Culture > Chapter 4: Reflections On Specific Arts > # 151