Until you see the cross as that which is done _by_ you, you will never appreciate that it is done _for_ you.
I always thought it better to allow myself to doubt before I decided, than to expose myself to the misery, after I had decided, of doubting whether I had decided rightly and justly.
My work is known by too few people for me to be remembered as a writer - that is, beyond those dedicated souls (bless them) who have followed the oeuvre through its various stages. To be realistic, when they and the last of my friends have died, I doubt I shall be remembered at all.
People of this teenager's age are on the brink of adulthood and have to be allowed a greater degree of responsibility. A consequence of this is a decrease in parental responsibility. Therefore to have criminal responsibility for what you don't know about seems rather extreme.
It seems we are capable of immense love and loyalty, and as capable of deceit and atrocity. It's probably this shocking ambivalence that makes us unique.
You look out on the driving range and it looks like snow, but it isn't, it's covered in golf balls.
I have a backlog of novels which I would love to be working on and would be working on if I were not obliged to hold down a full time job.
It's always better if you're next door. Ideas come up at the oddest times. They don't always come up in a conference call.
If I had the luxury of working as a full time writer, I think you would see novels appearing on a much more regular, and frequent, basis.
When you commit a serious doping offence you are not eligible for lottery funding.
I got to see first hand what he has done to make this a reality. That has been real rewarding to watch him achieve his dream.
In my books I might hold the mirror to my own face. If others would like to borrow the mirror, they're welcome. The books aren't there to accuse others - merely to raise issues and keep the debates alive.
It's basically a home-rule issue. I think the governing authority that appoints people as assessors certainly has reasons for doing it. ... And it certainly ought to be the board of assessors' right to say who is best qualified to serve as an appraiser.
I don't see myself as experimenting in any conscious way, it's perhaps that certain books require different densities of language.
We've invested millions of dollars in tourism. Now they're trying to industrialize and pollute the ocean. It doesn't make any sense to me at all.
These days - with the decline of the traditional churches - I'm concerned about where we obtain some form of moral direction.
The true experimenters are there but no-one hears about them - the critical/review system tends to concentrate on the handful of 'major' writers and their promising successors; bookshops tend not to sell them; publishers don't promote them. It's the same fate as has befallen poetry.
The older I get, the more I seek to use a plain prose style, concentrating more on story.
The Architect is just one of a series of works which examine the confrontation of innocence and experience, illustrating the complex ethics of power that exist between reader and writer, critic and artist, the human and the divine.
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