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What I wanted to do and what I needed to do was something entirely different, and through reading Roussel I learned that I could do…
Well, the great thing for me about poetry is that in good poems the dislocation of words, that is to say, the distance between what…
Well, I had this little notion – I started writing when I was eleven, writing poetry. I was passionately addicted to it; it was my…
It’s true, I had an extremely delicious life, but that was my life at home, and perhaps because I was only a child, or for…
It has always been something I could do, and it may seem odd that in my case I seem to create an interesting narrative and…
I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, for a while, about which the less said the better, and then I was in the Mediterranean, about which…
I was immediately smitten with an attraction to this culture, not in the sense of high culture but of the basic way people behaved towards…
I thought Cheever was magnificent and that if I could write like him that would be the best I could do. And then I realized…
My idea was to go to Vienna to study conducting and perhaps play in an orchestra first, so I thought before I got to Vienna…
What I said about John was that he liberated me from my anxieties about writing in a correct, acceptable way.
When Niki and I moved to Paris, there was also the challenge of Paris, an extremely daunting city.
Well, my relationship to America at the time I left was very limited.
My next project is to get back to that. Actually, to learn how to write poetry. I’m not kidding.
My mother could never understand why I didn’t write a thriller, which I’ve finally done.
My Life in CIA is the first time that I’ve ever written a story in my own name.
I’d been brought up on the Upper East Side in a WASP society, which was death on crutches.
Music had been my first love among the arts, and I was fascinated by it, as I still am.
I think situations are more important than plot and character.
I left Princeton, but I graduated Harvard, in 1952.
I love teaching.
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