The biggest impact my father had on my life was teaching the importance of literacy.
You didnt grow up in the shadow of John Steinbeck. He put you on his shoulders and gave you all the light you wanted.
For someone who loves literature, and all books on principle, being asked to name three titles over a half century of serious reading is akin to asking one to recall their three favorite sunsets.
My father valued patriotism above all other social obligations, but he had his own particular interpretation of just how true patriotism was meant to function.
My father thought of himself as a tradesman. A craftsman.
From my fathers point of view, without a thought for self, a true patriot stands up against the stones of condemnation and speaks for those who are given no real voice in the halls of justice or the halls of government.
I like writing, but I write for self-improvement more than I do for money.
My father believed, like Pericles, that a mans genius could be easily judged by the number of unenlightened fools set in phalanx against his ideas.
Plot makes the character just as history makes the man.
I started writing serious books so late because I knew Id be accused of riding on my fathers coattails.
Since I cant write the greatest American novel, Im going to write the longest American novel.
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