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.
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.
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.
I don't even correct people when they mispronounce my name now.
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.
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.
It's gratifying that it does; I love to give readings.
Falling in Place was meant to be very much rooted in a place and time, and music was a part of that.
What will happen can't be stopped. Aim for Grace.
the real killer was when you married the wrong person but had the right children.
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.
While I would agree that I write about serious subjects, and that they're not necessarily the most pleasant subjects or even the most pleasant people, as a writer I just think about the humorous aspects of these things - that's what keeps me going when I'm writing a story.
I could name a few songs and say exactly what summer they came out and what boy I thought I was in love with when I was fourteen years old, but I think that music used to be really more a part of the culture when people went out dancing in a different way than they do now.
I think that I'm serious, but I don't think that I'm inordinately bleak.
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.
I've spent my life supporting myself.
It's interesting, though, that in daily life, I think of myself as being relatively unobservant.
If you could have a book called My Favorite Six Stories, I don't think I'd have trouble doing that.
Also minimalism is a term that all of us who share so little in common and who are lumped together as minimalists are not terribly happy with.
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