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A number of my friends are in the arts, and they are visual people. I'm married to a painter. I know many photographers.
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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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Falling in Place was meant to be very much rooted in a place and time, and music was a part of that.
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For instance, I think that Beckett is funny. If you read Beckett to children, who have no inhibitions, they'll giggle away.
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For instance, my parents, who grew up in the Big Band era, are very moved by many of those songs and have particular memories.
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However, when I sit down to write, I find that things that didn't even seem to impress me at the time come into sharp focus.
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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.
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I deliberately didn't make choices that I thought might limit me. I decided not to have children, for instance.
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I do think that after you have written a draft of something, then you have to be your own literary critic and make sure that it functions as a piece of art, but that's not to say that what you've written is definitive and the only thing about the subject that could have been said.
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I don't even correct people when they mispronounce my name now.
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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.
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I feel that these stories are being written to articulate certain confusions and disappointments, and I do mean to shake up the reader, and I do hope they're on target.
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I like a lot of Margaret Atwood, I like much of Alice Munro. Again, if you were to ask me about male writers, there's often a novel I admire, but not all of their works.
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I like the notion that people are appreciative of the fact that my work is sometimes allusive and that there is an interrelationship of the arts.
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I must say also that it's never worked to my disadvantage that I have long, blond hair.
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I think a lot of the difference between my newer work and the older work is that I would have tried to imply some of those things before.
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I think almost always that what gets me going with a story is the atmosphere, the visual imagery, and then I people it with characters, not the other way around.
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I think I write about things that are mysterious to me.
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I think that I'm serious, but I don't think that I'm inordinately bleak.
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I'd feel that I'd failed if you didn't feel a bit uneasy when you'd finished it.
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I'm sure John Updike doesn't sit around thinking, Boy, have I got the number on suburbia. He'd be horrified if he thought that was all he was up to.
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I've been in this business for a long time, and I no longer think that anything that I do by way of clarification is ever going to eradicate the mistakes.
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I've spent my life supporting myself.
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If the waitress shows up and doesn't have an exit line, that isn't true to life - I'm hard pressed to think of a waitress who just walks away.
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If you could have a book called My Favorite Six Stories, I don't think I'd have trouble doing that.
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It sounds kind of churlish to say I don't read bad reviews - it sounds defensive and unsophisticated - but after Kakutani's review of Dara Falcon, I figured it isn't worth doing this to myself.
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It's gratifying that it does; I love to give readings.
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It's interesting, though, that in daily life, I think of myself as being relatively unobservant.
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It's often been said that I'm an extremely depressing, cynical writer. I've never known what to make of that.
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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.
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Nobody can assume that, to a writer, everything is off-limits.
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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.
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That is the strange thing; I don't know if you want to call it the subconscious, but things that I don't seem to notice are getting stored away.
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That's what I mean; if your writing doesn't transcend the era, then it would really seem to be only of very limited sociological importance.
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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.
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To tell you the truth, more often people comment on the grimness; they tend to use a stronger word than unease when they're talking about a lot of the stories.
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Well, a few years ago I think I could have given you a more enthusiastic answer about that but in the last few years, for the first time in my life, I really haven't listened to much music. I used to work with music on and now I don't.
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Well, I've found myself a lot of times with student manuscripts, saying to them that it worries me that their work seems hermetically sealed.
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What does it matter what my personality is? It's fair enough to talk about the stories, but they're not an autobiographical display.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Women are obviously much more discriminated against than men in many ways.
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You have to figure out who the right person is to tell the story. And often, people who are very self-aware will only sound as if they are pontificating if they tell the story.
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