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A couple of years I taught in graduate programs at NYU and Columbia, in the early eighties.
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Although I still occasionally paint and draw, my life has now been shaped by my writing.
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And of course, it's hard to produce a work at the end of those years of solitude, which may or may not be understood or appreciated.
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And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading, I began to write, like a clever monkey.
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And there are people who want to be writers because they love to write. And they care.
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But it seems to me at my age that the dead are very much with us and we with them.
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But on the other hand, I don't actively seek out stories or hunt them down.
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But really, it was reading that led me to writing. And in particular, reading the American classics like Twain who taught me at an early age that ordinary lives of ordinary people can be made into high art.
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By the time I was in my early twenties I had abandoned painting and drawing and had become a beginning poet and fiction writer.
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Certain stakes are higher than they used to be, and they are measured by celebrity.
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Chimpanzees are endangered. Severely.
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First of all it's usually women who run these higher primate sanctuaries, rarely men. They are white. They come from privileged backgrounds. They are educated.
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For almost anyone who chooses to be a writer, since so very few writers are able to learn a living from their work that is equivalent to the living earned by the average dentist or accountant.
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I am old enough now - I used to publish books and nobody went on a book tour.
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I began as a boy with artistic talent... as a visual artist... I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens drifted into reading serious literature.
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I don't want it to be all that self-conscious or artificial, but it really grows out of my having invented myself as a listener so that I could hear her voice.
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I much prefer working with kids whose life could be completely upended by a reading of a book over a weekend. You give them a book to read - they go home and come back a changed person. And that is so much more interesting and exciting.
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I taught at Princeton and it was undergraduate and I much prefer teaching undergraduates to graduate students in writing programs.
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I think probably in the earlier parts of my career I was influenced by writers such as Hawthorne and Melville - the American classics.
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If you dedicate your attention to discipline in your life you become smarter while you are writing than while you are hanging out with your pals or in any other line of work.
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It's hard to spend years at a time working in total solitude with no reality-check.
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John Brown first swam into my vision in the 1960s when I was a political activist in the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement at Chapel Hill, where I went to university.
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Lists of books we reread and books we can't finish tell more about us than about the relative worth of the books themselves.
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Motivations are too tangled and complex.
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My major allegiance has been to storytelling, not to history.
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No, because I am not a ventriloquist.
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Nobody does anything for one reason.
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One of the things I have tried to do with this book and with all of them really is avoid that simple, easy, reductionist view of motivation and to show we do things for a complex net of reasons, a real braid of reasons.
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So far I've been very lucky in that stories have come to me like a thunderstorm, unexpected, full of darkness and energy demanding all my attention.
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So the same cultural and political issues that divided us in 1968 are still dividing us.
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Storytelling is an ancient and honorable act. An essential role to play in the community or tribe. It's one that I embrace wholeheartedly and have been fortunate enough to be rewarded for.
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The 60s passed and faded and I grew older, and in 1987 bought a house in upstate New York, and it turned out that John Brown was buried down the road from my house and that he had lived there longer than anywhere else and his house was still standing.
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The best thing about writing programs is that it rationalized the apprenticeship of a writer.
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The prizes have some credibility, of course. And they do good work for the writer and for the publisher, by winnowing one book out of the pack.
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The United States particularly abandoned Liberia after the end of the Cold War.
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Through writing, through that process, they realize that they become more intelligent, and more honest and more imaginative than they can be in any other part of their life.
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We went to church on Sunday and we went to Sunday school. But there was not a great enthusiasm for it from anybody.
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What I am finding now is that my audience is getting younger as I get older, which is a very good thing as you know - you don't want them to get older as you get older.
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