A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.
The great thing about all my siblings is we all agree we had a horrendous childhood. It's not like it doesn't affect us now; it affects us every day, in everything we do.
It's an article of faith that the novels I've loved will live inside me forever.
Without music, life is a journey through a desert.
The most powerful words in English are 'Tell me a story,' words that are intimately related to the complexity of history, the origins of language, the continuity of the species, the taproot of our humanity, our singularity, and art itself.
My father's violence is the central fact of my art and my life.
I told my kids when they were little, 'Look, kids, your mother and I are screwing you up somehow. We don't understand how, or we wouldn't do it. But we're parents. So somehow we're damaging you, and I want you to know that early. So just ignore me when I go to that part of my parenting.'
When I was 5 years old, my mother read me 'Gone With The Wind' at night, before I went to bed. I remember her reading almost all year.
Every industry is going to be affected (by the aging population). This creates tremendous opportunities and tremendous challenges.
I only hope to do well enough before I die to have a house as big as my rich Uncle Ed and Aunt Carole.
I've never cackled with laughter at a single line I've ever written. None of it has given me pleasure.
A family is too frail a vessel to contain the risks of all the warring impulses expressed when such a group meets on common ground.
I loved my parents... but that can never change the fact that my father's violence ruined my childhood.
The University of South Carolina has always played a role in my life and the intellectual life of South Carolina.
Let me now praise the American writer James Dickey. In 1970, his novel 'Deliverance' was published. I found it to be 278 pages that approached perfection. Its tightness of construction and assuredness of style reminded me of 'The Great Gatsby.'
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