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People love pretty much the same things best. A writer looking for subjects inquires not after what he loves best, but after what he alone…
It makes more sense to write one big book – a novel or nonfiction narrative – than to write many stories or essays. Into a…
Write as if you were dying.
There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true…
There is no such thing as an artist – only the world, lit or unlit, as the world allows.
The writer studies literature, not the world. He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write.
The writer studies literature, not the world.
Much has been written about the life of the mind.
Just think: in all the clean, beautiful reaches of the solar system, our planet alone is a blot; our planet alone has death.
Matters of taste are not, it turns out, moral issues.
If you’re going to publish a book, you probably are going to make a fool of yourself.
How can people think that artists seek a name? There is no such thing as an artist – only the world, lit or unlit, as…
‘Fecundity’ is an ugly word for an ugly subject. It is ugly, at least, in the eggy animal world. I don’t think it is for…
Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.
At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it.
As a life’s work, I would remember everything – everything, against loss. I would go through life like a plankton net.
All my books started out as extravagant and ended up pure and plain.
The mind of the writer does indeed do something before it dies, and so does its owner, but I would be hard put to call…
Our family was on the lunatic fringe. My mother was always completely irrepressible. My father made crowd noises into a microphone.
It’s a little silly to finally learn how to write at this age. But I long ago realized I was secretly sincere.
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