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When I was 12 years old, someone took me to see Martha Graham. It was nothing like what I thought of as serious dancing and…
What I really dream of is that somebody would blow everything I’ve done out of the water in a beautiful way, which would clear the…
I’ve had a tough time with Pynchon. I liked him very much when I first read him. I liked him less with each book. He…
I’ve been writing about James Fenimore Cooper. He was not a writer. Here was a man who was 30 years old and had never put…
I love it now that a large minority of people who are handicapped prefer to call themselves crippled. This is all part of the game,…
I think Henry Miller has had huge influence not because he wrote about sex, but because the memoir or the nonfiction novel has become such…
I admire Ginsberg as a poet, despite the fact that he seems not to know when he is being good and when he is bad.…
Hemingway seems to be in a funny position. People nowadays can’t identify with him closely as a member of their own generation, and he isn’t…
Faulkner turned out to be a great teacher. When a student asked a question ineptly, he answered the question with what the student had really…
Critics? How do they happen? I know how it happened to me. I would send a poem or story to a magazine and they would…
Cooper wrote a novel which is absolutely indistinguishable from Austen, completely from a female point of view, completely English, no sense that he was an…
Foucault was the one person I met in France that I could talk to. He was a mensch. You know whether you agree with him…
When somebody asks me what I do, I don’t think I’d say critic. I say writer.
Writers always know whether you like them or not.
The reason Saul Bellow doesn’t talk to me anymore is because he knows his new novels are not worth reading.
The novel doesn’t come into existence until certain methods of reproducing fiction come along.
The middlebrow, I hate.
Jane Austen is at the end of the line that begins with Samuel Richardson, which takes wonder and magic out of the novel, treats not…
The black situation has changed. They finally realized they’re Americans.
Raymond Carver is good. I think he’ll be appreciated more and more. He’s an easy writer to imitate.
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