Apocryphs: introduction by Lem
I think that as the years passed my impatience for conscientious and slow craft steadily grew. In order to turn illumination into narration one has to work very hard - on a quite nonintellectual level. This was one of the main reasons for taking this shortcut - from which these books emerged.
I tried to imitate various styles - that of a book review, a lecture, a presentation, a speech (of a Nobel Prize laureate) and so on. These experiences were "boxes" that formed the stairs I climbed high enough in order to make Golem speak.
I always tried to limit the amount of plot to the very minimum. I am bored hearing that "the marchioness left home at five". I don't care about the marchioness, her house and five o'clock. Only things that are necessary should be said. By writing reviews instead of writing books I managed to accomplish much more in terms of experimenting than if I were to dedicate full energy to each of these works, like a craftsman. If there were no age limit of sixty, seventy years of life, if my brain would not start disintegrating - maybe I would not use a shortcut while dealing with the domain of certain literary experiments. But in the given situation I feel excused by circumstances that are beyond my control.