People forget years and remember moments.
Because I don’t work with an outline, writing a story is like crossing a stream, now I’m on this rock, now I’m on this rock, now I’m on this rock.
Clichés so often befall vain people.
I don't even correct people when they mispronounce my name now.
I don't write about things that I have the answers to or things that are very close to home. It just wouldn't be any adventure. It wouldn't have any vitality.
There is some reason, obviously, that you are drawn to your material, but the way in which you explore it might come to be quite different from what you would expect.
Nobody can assume that, to a writer, everything is off-limits.
Clouds are poems, and the most moving poems linger on the blackboard so long, written in cursive so lovely, they also exist inside our fingertips. We never really erase them at the end of the lesson.
I think I write about things that are mysterious to me.
Whatever one intends, the work takes on a life of its own.
I am not alone in bearing grudges against reviewers who have doomed a book's chances because they've missed the point, the tone, everything....
It's often been said that I'm an extremely depressing, cynical writer. I've never known what to make of that.
When I lived in New York, not only did I have safety locks on the door but I had the music going, keeping the city at a distance, trying to find creative time and peace and so forth.
When I was teaching at Harvard in the 1970s, I went to Project Incorporated in Cambridge and took photography classes. I didn't even know how to aim the camera in those days.
Any life will seem dramatic if you omit mention of most of it.
You put a character out there and you're in their power. You're in trouble if they're in yours.
What will happen can't be stopped. Aim for Grace.
Falling in Place was meant to be very much rooted in a place and time, and music was a part of that.
It's gratifying that it does; I love to give readings.
I've spent my life supporting myself.
If you could have a book called My Favorite Six Stories, I don't think I'd have trouble doing that.
It's interesting, though, that in daily life, I think of myself as being relatively unobservant.
Much of what happens in Love Always is really from overheard conversations in the Russian Tea Room. It's an improvisation of the way certain Hollywood agents think and talk to each other.
Quite often my narrator or protagonist may be a man, but I'm not sure he's the more interesting character, or if the more complex character isn't the woman.
Italics provide a wonderful advantage: you see, right away, that the words are in a rush. When something exists at a slant, you can't help but consider irony.
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