The enemy for the fanatic is pleasure, which makes it extremely important to continue to indulge in pleasure. Dance madly. That is how you get rid of terrorism.
Sometimes writing a novel is not unlike having a baby. You'd have to ask a female novelist to compare the pain.
I had a very difficult relationship with my father, which ended up okay, but there were many difficult years.
I can walk into a bookshop and point out a number of books that I find very unattractive in what they say. But it doesn't occur to me to burn the bookshop down. If you don't like a book, read another book. If you start reading a book and you decide you don't like it, nobody is telling you to finish it.