"Writers have a window of 'perfect' production, and although it's much more forgiving than the 4 years of an athlete, it still exists. I mean, there's a reason you know famous works by authors and yet don't know what they’ve done in the past 20 years of their lives until their obituary is plastered all over the internet."
Personally, I don't doubt it. I can think of even more examples than Taylor offers. But, man... what a terrible thing to suggest. What a terrible thing to think, to know, not only as a reader, but - perhaps more importantly - as a writer.
Any thoughts, Internet?