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I like how they are. I think they’re great. And their communities are communities. I have a greater sense of community in New York than…
I thought I would be an organic chemist. I went off to university, and when I couldn’t understand the chemistry lectures I decided that I…
And it’s always possible that you will not get a nice review. So – and that’s enraging of course, to get a bad review, you…
Writers, at least writers of fiction, are always full of anxiety and worry.
My greatest pleasure is to invent. My continual mad ambition is to make something true and beautiful that never existed in the world before.
I’m interested in where we are, where we’re going, where we’ve come from.
I’m always the one with the activist friends. I’ve been an activist very little.
I think that thing about the destruction of the world is there all the time, it’s there every day when we look out the window.
I never base characters on real people. There are people who do that but I really don’t know how to do it.
I don’t think you have the right to shout about other people’s private life.
Good writing of course requires talent, and no one can teach you to have talent.
Being famous as a writer is like being famous in a village. It’s not really any very heady fame.
The great thing about using the past is that it gives you the most colossal freedom to invent. The research is necessary, of course, but…
So in the first draft, I’m inventing people and place with a broad schematic idea of what’s going to happen. In the process, of course,…
One has to be able to twist and change and distort characters, play with them like clay, so everything fits together. Real people don’t permit…
I went to work in 1962, and by ’64 I was writing all the time, every night and every weekend. It didn’t occur to me…
I have written a memoir here and there, and that takes its own form of selfishness and courage. However, generally speaking, I have no interest…
I don’t separate my books into historical novels and the rest. To me, they’re all made-up worlds, and both kinds are borne out of curiosity,…
At the very end of a book I can manage to work for longer stretches, but mostly, making stuff up for three hours, that’s enough.…
What I find really attractive is something that’s going to be a little dangerous. Something that might get me into trouble; you know, you turn…
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