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Almost all writing is that for me, an act of discovery.
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And I have come to think that a good student is not that impressive a thing to be.
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But I don't think I need to write a novel.
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By the way, the secret of speaking French is confidence. Whether you are right or wrong, you don't hesitate.
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Culture means, I think, that you have widened your experience enough through reading and through being a little bit thoughtful about these things that it has changed your outlook in some ways. And not necessarily made you a better human being but made you see things.
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Envy is never general, but always very particular - at least envy of the kind one feels strongly.
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I am basically a complainer and all the grounds for complaint have been swept out from under me.
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I am married to someone I love.
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I am someone who has read a lot of books.
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I am the heterosexual Truman Capote.
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I dislike many stories that end in a kind of lyrical ambiguity.
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I don't know if this is true of your experience but one of the things I find about the world I write about and the world I grew up in is that none of the positive stereotypes of Judaism adhere.
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I don't think I heard the word liberal arts until I arrived at the University of Illinois in Champagne after graduating just above the lower quarter of my class. Like 269 of 380.
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I edited a magazine for which I got a respectable salary, stayed at home.
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I have published about thirty stories. If I could get off the Earth with about fifty, it wouldn't be so bad.
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I just know so many people who have six or seven foreign languages and have read everything and have musical training and they are still dorks.
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I know from the middle distance I give off the look of being prolific, which is a funny compliment to receive.
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I know how deeply slothful I am.
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I know how many days in which I have just answered e-mail, had three phone calls and a two hour lunch. Poof, gone. They are not infrequent.
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I like a story where a guy has to make a decision. And the decision is going to have real consequences, often moral consequences.
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I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.
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I should prefer to die laughing, and, on more than one occasion, thought I might.
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I think Chicagoans have great artistic institutions.
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I think the story is my form.
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I think you should just go and write.
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I was not a good student. I was just all right.
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If you told me what club you were in at Senn, I could tell you your exact standing socially.
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In fact, if you want to call me mon pensioner I would be pleased to have it. As for my erudition, among captains, I am not a captain.
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In my Snobbery book I make a remark that the presidents of the three leading though still crappy universities Harvard, Yale and Princeton were all Jews. What made this impressive was that they were all mediocre Jews.
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In recompense, envy may be the subtlest - perhaps I should say the most insidious - of the seven deadly sins.
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It was very big when The New Yorker was publishing two and three stories an issue. They now publish one.
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My wife who is non-Jewish regrets it all the time that I can say these terrible things about fellow Jews and she can't.
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No one has really ever defined what a friend is.
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Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food.
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Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.
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One of the pleasures of being a Jew, I don't have to tell you, it allows you anti-Semitism.
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One serious drawback about letters is that, in order to get them, one must send some out. When it comes to the mail, I feel it is better to receive than to give.
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Our parents did not talk about Trotsky and Stalin and the Party.
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Snobbery was the book they hoped would make money and it did.
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So I take literature that's there and I test it against reality which is often my own.
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Story tends to be about subsidiary characters, and it's an interesting way of probing the mystery of human character, which is what interests me about a lot of these stories.
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The decisive moment in the defeat of upper class, capital-S, Society may have come when, in newspapers all over the nation, what used to be call the Society page was replaced by the Style section.
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The kind of novel I am a sucker for and I do not have it in me to write is the family chronicle.
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The only culture that was ever mentioned among the Jews of my parent's generation was musical comedy.
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The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August: the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off.
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The problem with our religion is the excommunication mechanics are so poor.
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The truth is I have had a lucky life.
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We know the ideal isn't where the action is.
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Well, I've never written a novel.
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What I do is I take what literature exists that seems useful and then I reflect my own experience against it.
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When I went to college I think if you wanted to go to the Ivy League you took something called the College Boards, the dreaded SATs were not yet in business.
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You know publishers aren't often keen to publish short stories.
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