I long for the raised voice, the howl of rage or love.
There are things in American culture that want to wipe the class distinction. Blue jeans. Ready-made clothes. Coca-Cola.
Of the female black authors, I really like Morrison's early books a lot. But she's really become so much a clone of Faulkner. He did it better.
Henry Miller wrote novels, but he calls his protagonist Henry, often Henry Miller, and his books are in this gray area between memoir and novel.
I have, I admit, a low tolerance for detached chronicling and cool analysis.
When all of us are forgotten, people will still be remembering Stephen King.
I gave up writing blurbs because you make one friend and 200 enemies.
I think Henry Miller has had huge influence not because he wrote about sex, but because the memoir or the nonfiction novel has become such a monumental force in American publishing, if not in literature.
My assignment is what every writer's assignment is: tell the truth of his own time.
Faulkner sat in our living room and read from Light in August. That was incredible.
I used to be fond of Indian arm wrestling.
I liked Camille Paglia. I liked her even better when I heard her talk.
I never met anybody in my life who says, I want to be a critic. People want to be a fireman, poet, novelist.
One more recent novelist to come along is Cormac McCarthy. Him, I like.
Kafka is still unrecognized. He thought he was a comic writer.
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