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After a lifetime of world travel I've been fascinated that those in the third world don't have the same perception of reality that we do.
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And then I brood about different things and usually I have quite a lead time about anything I write.
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Because most writers have totally unrealistic concepts of how publishing works.
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But the last 25 years in America have been characterized by imponderable greed.
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Everybody has a gun in their car in Detroit.
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I asked a French critic a couple of years ago why my books did so well in France. He said it was because in my novels people both act and think. I got a kick out of that.
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I can write anywhere.
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I couldn't run a tight schedule, and if you're any good at teaching, you get sucked dry because you like your students and you're trying to help them, but you don't have any time left to write yourself.
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I do have trouble with titles.
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I don't know what psychotherapy does. I have been seeing the same person for 26 years now.
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I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence.
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I enjoy about 1 out of 100 movies, it's about the same proportion to books published that I care to read.
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I got $30 from Nation magazine for a poem and $500 for my first book of poems.
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I had that advantage when we lived in Boston, in the '60s, the only job I could get was as a salesman for a book wholesaler.
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I mostly have written about mixed breeds who have their own peculiar problems.
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I once wrote a poem - I don't know if I even published it - about how I wanted to throw my own self around and have some real emotions.
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I once wrote in a poem about reaching the point in life when I would have the courage to admit my life.
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I only taught in that great period at Stonybrook. And I didn't teach writing. I taught modern poetics.
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I rarely read or buy a book because of a review.
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I remember when I was 19 and reading Gogol or Isaac Singer because that meant a great deal to me - because even though they are foreign stories, they were more the kind of thing I grew up around.
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I see more genuine sociability between the races in Mississippi than I see in Michigan. No question.
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I should add that I very much enjoy certain cities especially Paris, New York and Chicago.
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I thought, frankly, that it would be more pleasant to write a memoir than it was.
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I used to get criticized for putting food in novels.
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I write novellas because I don't like loose sprawling prose.
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I'm actually forced to write about Michigan because as a native of that state it's the place I know best.
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I'm not rational enough to be a good journalist.
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I'm rather remote from what some refer to as the centers of ambition, just because I like to live in places - most places I live you can't see any neighbors at all.
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I've never felt influenced by Ernest Hemingway though I suppose there is something inevitable there.
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It's a tonic to find real readers because they just read massively.
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It's just like young writers, of whom I am deluged - you have to be giving your entire life to this because that's the only way it's possible.
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Michigan is two radically different places - the North and the South which makes for good drama and contrast.
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My brother John, who just died, was dean at the University of Arkansas and my younger brother was dean at the University of Washington.
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My type of writer gains an audience by accretion.
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My wife in this case has stuck with it - she wanted to move to Montana, it was no big deal to me.
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Naturally we would prefer seven epiphanies a day and an earth not so apparently devoid of angels.
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New Yorkers are mostly interested in New York - in case you haven't noticed.
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Not at all because I think we have gone to Montana every year since '68 except one year.
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Our family vacation was to go to Montana, to go fishing, and my wife's friends are out there.
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Short things are short all over and long things are long all over.
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So I guess I just vary between the antipodes of hiding out in my cabin and being anywhere - New York, Paris or Hollywood.
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So in any prize situation I always want to know who the jurors are.
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So when I made some money, I didn't have any idea how one handled such a situation because no one in our family ever had any money.
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Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy... or they become legend.
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Success and money can really be quite blinding.
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That's why I said before, for the MFA program, a year in the country, a year in the city, to get familiarity with the human landscape. You're not going to get it in a university community.
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The attitudes of Brown Dog are my survival mechanism in a world in which I most often feel out of place.
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The fact is, the media never gets off the interstate unless there's a major explosion.
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The old fun thing is when somebody typed up the first chapter of War and Peace. And then made a precis of the rest of it and sent it out and only one publisher recognized it.
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The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is don't do it unless you're willing to give your whole life to it. Red wine and garlic also helps.
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The trajectory started when I was on the roof of our house looking out at a swamp when I was 19. I had written for several years, starting at about 15, but that day on the roof I took my vows and acknowledged my calling.
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There is a neurologist, a woman over at Harvard who wanted me to come talk to them, and in France I have a lot of readers in the sciences. I can't tell you why.
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We are all naturally xenophobic.
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We have really made the MFA, as I have pointed out before, almost part of the civil service.
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When I was 20, I was a straw boss on a big horticulture farm and had about 100 workers under me.
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Writers can write outside their ethnicity or sex depending how open and vulnerable they wish to be.
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Writing as a woman presents enormous problems but I have attempted it several times and haven't had many complaints.
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Yeah, but now suddenly - you know, universities are notoriously market oriented, too.
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Your kids inevitably want to move where they had their vacations when they were younger.
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