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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 Life in CIA is the first time that I’ve ever written a story in my own name.
My mother could never understand why I didn’t write a thriller, which I’ve finally done.
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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